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Food Poisoning

Volume 268: debated on Tuesday 12 December 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of food poisoning from the consumption of food on non-domestic premises have been notified in each year since 1985.[4999]

This information is not available centrally. Formal notifications of the total number of cases of food poisoning are published annually in the MB2 series, "Communicable Disease Statistics", copies of which are available in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase public awareness about the causes of food poisoning. [5001]

The Department of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food have a continuing programme of food hygiene publicity which includes promoting public awareness of the causes of food poisoning.Advisory material is kept under regular review in the light of developments, including information from research and surveillance, and independent expert advice.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many successful prosecutions for food poisoning against (a) individuals and (b) companies there have been in each of the last five years. [5002]