- State and local health departments reported 818 foodborne illness outbreaksin 2013 alone; these outbreaks led to 13,360 illnesses, 1,062 hospitalizations, and 16 deaths.
- Consumers can help solve foodborne outbreaks; food receipts, labels, and shopper cards give investigators important clues about what made people sick.
- Health professionals can use CDC’s step-by-step guide to investigate outbreaks, along with a toolkit and tip sheets for effective interviewing and laboratory practices.
Questions and Answers, Surveillance for Foodborne Disease Outbreaks, 2013
In May, 2015 CDC published an annual report of foodborne disease outbreaks that occurred in 2013 and updated its Foodborne Outbreak Online Database (FOOD) with data on outbreaks through 2013.
- Full reports can be found on the Food Safety FDOSS Annual Summaries of Foodborne Outbreaks web page.
State and local health departments report the results of foodborne disease outbreak investigations to CDC. CDC posts annual summaries on the Food Safety FDOSS Annual Summaries of Foodborne Outbreaks web page.
- CDC also maintains a web-based platform for searching CDC's Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System database called the Foodborne Outbreak Online Database (FOOD).
- Report of outbreaks that occurred in 2013 have now been added to that database
- The FOOD tool provides access to national information and is intended to be used for limited descriptive summaries of outbreak data.
- Please see the FOOD FAQ and Foodborne Outbreak Tracking and Reporting for more information.
- Summaries of outbreak investigations provide important snapshots of the human health impact of foodborne disease outbreaks and the agents, foods, settings, and contributing factors (for example, food not kept at the right temperature) involved in these outbreaks.
- In comparing data between years, it is important to note that changes were made to thefoodborne disease outbreak surveillance system in 2009 and a new food categorization scheme was implemented in 2011.