Nutrition and food safety

Food-borne diseases

The food-borne diseases (FBD) are a significant public health concern. They result from consumption of contaminated food and water. Many zoonotic microorganisms cause FBD, and other microorganisms present in the environment can contaminate surfaces and tools used in food processing.

The Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) carries on FBD epidemiological surveillance for early detection of potential outbreaks.

The ISS hosts a number of Reference Laboratories that carry out analytical activities, support the implementation and harmonization of local laboratories, and the integration of human and veterinary fields. In addition, the ISS carries out training activities in FBD epidemiological surveillance and laboratory activities.

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