Germany reported 400 foodborne outbreaks in 2019

Food Safety News reported that in 2019, there were 402 foodborne disease outbreaks reported to the Robert Koch-Institut (RKI) or the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL). At least 1,970 illnesses, 385 hospitalizations, and five deaths were linked to the outbreaks. The report shows 902 potential foodborne outbreaks (excluding norovirus gastroenteritis) with 2,632 patients compared to 886 outbreaks in 2018.  Campylobacter caused387 outbreaks, and Salmonella caused 277 in 2019. Of the 902 outbreaks, 333 were listed as food-related and affecting 1,213 patients (163 outbreaks from Campylobacter with 391 patients and 126 from Salmonella with 676 cases). Two deaths were caused by listeriosis. Clostridium perfringens caused the largest outbreak, with 75 people sick. Due to eggs, the second-largest incident included 64 patients, 19 of whom had to be hospitalized. Factors that contributed to outbreaks included cross-contamination, inadequate heat treatment or cooling, and an infected employee. @

 Germany reports 400 outbreaks in 2019
Germany reports 400 outbreaks in 2019

Germany recorded more than 400 foodborne outbreaks in 2019 with almost 2,000 illnesses and five deaths, according to recently released statistics. In

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