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Food: Contamination

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many contaminated food incidents have been reported in each year since 1997. (265059)

The number of reported food-borne outbreaks of infectious intestinal disease in England and Wales (1997 to 2007) is provided in the following table.

Number of food-borne outbreaks1

1997

256

1998

152

1999

130

2000

133

2001

109

2002

92

2003

87

2004

74

2005

89

2006

86

2007

49

Total

1,257

1 Data include food-borne outbreaks caused by Salmonella, Campylobacter, E. coli 0157, Clostridium perfringens, Staphylococcus aureus, Cryptosporidum, Bacillus spp., Giardia lamblia, norovirus, astrovirus and scrombrotoxin. Data include all settings, including all restaurant premises, hotels, shops, residential, schools, hospitals and private establishments. Source: Health Protection Agency (Centre for Infections).