Food Hygiene

Attributing illness to food

Batz, M.B.Doyle, M.P.Morris Jr., J.G.,Painter, J.Singh, R.Tauxe, R.V.,Taylor, M.R.Wong, D.M.A.L.F. 2005, Emerging Infectious Diseases 11 (7), pp. 993-999

Identification and prioritization of effective food safety interventions require an understanding of the relationship between food and pathogen from farm to consumption. Critical to this cause is food attribution, the capacity to attribute cases of foodborne disease to the food vehicle or other source responsible for illness. A wide variety of food attribution approaches and data are used around the world, including the analysis of outbreak data, case-control studies, microbial subtyping and source tracking methods, and expert judgment, among others. The Food Safety Research Consortium sponsored the Food Attribution Data Workshop in October 2003 to discuss the virtues and limitations of these approaches and to identify future options for collecting food attribution data in the United States. We summarize workshop discussions and identify challenges that affect progress in this critical component of a risk-based approach to improving food safety.

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Written by geraldmoy

April 14, 2011 at 10:16 am