IFSAC Analysis Improves Understanding of Foodborne Illness Attribution

Scientists from the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) recently published “Comparing Characteristics of Sporadic and Outbreak-Associated Foodborne Illnesses, United States, 2004–2011,” a paper in Emerging Infectious Diseases that compared some characteristics of outbreak and sporadic (non-outbreak) human illnesses caused by Salmonella, Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157,Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter.  The analyses help assess the usefulness of outbreak data in estimating which major food categories are linked to foodborne illnesses.

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