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Foodborne Disease Estimates for the United Kingdom in 2018

This paper includes the Foodborne Disease Estimation Model (FDEM), developed by analysts at the FSA to provide annual estimates for the burden of foodborne disease in the UK.

The FDEM produces estimates for the total number of cases of infectious intestinal disease (IID) in the UK as well as the number of those cases that are due to food. It also provides individual estimates for the major IID and foodborne disease-causing pathogens.

The increase in the proportion of foodborne norovirus cases estimated by the Norovirus Attribution Study (NoVAS) has a significant impact on the overall picture of foodborne disease, and so the FDEM was updated with the NoVAS estimates in order to create updated estimates of the burden of foodborne disease in the UK.