Foodborne disease strategy
Food safety is the Agency's top priority and the reduction of foodborne disease is a key objective to ensuring food safety.
Since the Agency’s formation in 2000, there has been a considerable reduction in the level of foodborne disease caused by some pathogens. However, the cost and burden UK foodborne disease remains unacceptably high. The majority of foodborne illness is preventable and there is scope to reduce levels of disease.
The FSA’s renewed Foodborne Disease Strategy to 2015 aims to tackle foodborne disease by targeting the pathogens that have been identified as causing the greatest burden of disease. Food chain analysis shows that the pathogens whose reduction and control offer the greatest potential for public health gains are:
- Campylobacter (which causes most cases of food poisoning)
- Listeria monocytogenes (causes the most food poisoning deaths)
- viruses (responsible for an increasing number of cases)
The strategy is based on a farm-to-fork approach, with the aim of reducing contamination of foods during production and processing and of promoting good food hygiene practice in the kitchen, both commercially and in the home.
Other important pathogens, such as E.coli O157 and salmonella, are being addressed through other streams of work being carried out within the Agency.
The FSA continues to raise awareness and improve understanding of foodborne disease through a Food Hygiene Campaign incorporating effective food safety messages.
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Tuesday 16 May 2006
This document outlines a five-year strategy to promote the safe handling of food in the home using 4Cs food hygiene messages (cooking cleaning, cooling and avoiding cross-contamination).
Monday 25 March 2013
The Delivering Safe Food Consultative Group aims to ensure effective engagement with the key stakeholders involved in the Agency's work to improve microbiological food safety through the Foodborne Disease Strategy and the Food Hygiene Delivery Programme. These two FSA work programmes are complementary and share many key stakeholders.
Thursday 21 September 2006
The achievements and outputs of the various work areas of the Agency's Foodborne Disease Strategy (FDS) for the period 2001-2006 have been summarised in a single document. Items continuing beyond March 2006 are also listed.
Monday 28 March 2011
The Food Standards Agency monitor trends in foodborne disease caused by key pathogenic (disease-causing) bugs in the UK. These trends are monitored through laboratory-confirmed cases of illness.