The number of E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, and Listeria infections have gone up in Ireland, according to 2022 data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).

During the COVID-19 pandemic, reporting rates for giardiasis, listeriosis, norovirus, rotavirus, salmonellosis, shigellosis, and toxoplasmosis in Ireland decreased compared to pre-pandemic levels. Still, rates

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According to an analysis of pathogens during the coronavirus pandemic, Listeria and E. coli infections returned to expected levels quicker than Salmonella cases.

Researchers looked at the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak response on gastrointestinal infection trends using surveillance data from six national UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) coordinated systems.

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Most food companies feel leaving the European Union has affected operations while many said COVID-19 didn’t impact their ability to meet regulatory requirements, according to a survey.

The poll, commissioned by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), included 400 businesses in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, plus interviews with 60 companies.

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Guidance from the Food Standards Agency helped local authorities handle food-related work during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an assessment.

In June 2021, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) provided local authorities with a plan for running food hygiene and food standards services during the pandemic. It will apply until the end of

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Surveillance of certain bacterial pathogens was maintained in Germany despite a reduction in sample submissions during the first part of the Coronavirus pandemic, according to the Robert Koch-Institut.

In March 2020, infection control measures were taken in Germany to deal with COVID-19. By August, the number of reported salmonellosis cases

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Statistics on six diseases causing the most food and waterborne infections in Europe have been published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The most recent data shows hepatitis A cases in 2021 were at their lowest since EU-level surveillance began in 2007, while five other diseases rose toward

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Measures making it easier for food businesses to operate as takeaways during the COVID-19 pandemic led to issues around food hygiene, according to scientists.

Researchers analyzed the effect COVID-19 had on the North East hot food takeaway industry in England. Findings were published in the journal Perspectives in Public Health

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Measures aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 appear to have reduced food poisoning in England, according to a study.

Non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) include travel restrictions, social distancing, lockdowns, and isolation policies.

Researchers looked at cases of seven reportable communicable diseases including food poisoning from January 2017 to January 2021.

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