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Food Poisoning

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were treated for food poisoning in the last year for which figures are available. (188578)

The estimated number of people that were treated for indigenous food-borne disease in England and Wales in 2006 is given in the following table:

2006

Number

General practitioner presentations

282,000

Hospital admissions

17,000

Hospital bed days

77,000

Note:

Estimates have been rounded to the nearest 1,000 for all cases.

Source:

Figures were estimated by the Health Protection Agency using the methodology described in Adak G K, Long S M, O'Brien S J. Gut 2002; 51: 832-41. This methodology uses available surveillance data, special survey data, and hospital episode statistics to estimate the burden of indigenous food-borne disease in England and Wales.