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Could Europe Benefit from the US FOOD Tool?

A redesign of an online tool that can be used to search data on foodborne disease outbreaks has been released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The question is, when will this be available to use in Europe?

The redesigned Foodborne Outbreak Online Database (FOOD) Tool was originally developed in the US in 2009. The new version allows users to draw on 20 years of outbreak data. Its new interactive features include maps, graphs and tables that allow users a more specific search based on foods, ingredients, germs and states. With these updates, users may be aware of multistate illness outbreaks.

The CDC believe the data of the FOOD Tool will help public health investigators by revealing contaminated food sources based on past outbreaks. The information may also be used by the press and public to understand past and on-going foodborne illnesses.

You can read FAQs on the FOOD Tool here.

Food Poisoning in Europe

In May, Slater and Gordon commissioned research involving 2,000 holidaymakers, following a rise in holiday illness compensation claims. Spain, Turkey and Egypt topped the list of dodgy destinations that left holidaymakers suffering the effects of foodborne illnesses whilst overseas.

In Europe, salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis are the most common diseases as a result of food poisoning. With one in six Americans suffering food poisoning every year, the CDC’s tracking and reporting of outbreak information is invaluable in finding root causes of foodborne illnesses. The same would surely benefit the health and wellbeing of those residing and travelling in Europe.

Simon Weilding is a Travel Lawyer at Slater and Gordon in Manchester.

If you suffer food poisoning whilst overseas, our No Win, No Fee Solicitors can help you with your claim for compensation.

Call Slater and Gordon Lawyers on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online. From outside the UK please call +44 20 7657 1555.

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