UK: Food Standards Agency to Reduce Food Poisoning by 20%
The newly established Food Standards Agency is to tackle the increasing cost of food poisoning with the funding announced in the Government's spending review. Up to 4.5 million people a year are estimated to suffer from food-borne disease. Of these, there are about half a million cases of the most common forms of food poisoning (Campylobacter, Salmonella) and up to 750,000 people a year consult their GPs suffering from these illnesses. Around 50-60 people a year die from food poisoning.The cost to the NHS and business is estimated to be £79 a case, putting the annual cost at up to £350 million a year. The costs of the most common forms of food poisoning (Campylobacter, Salmonella) is estimated at £110 million a year.Plans include:
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