The number of foodborne infections in the Netherlands in 2020 fell sharply compared with previous years likely because of measures taken against coronavirus, researchers say.

Closures of cafes and restaurants, the decrease in social events including catering, travel restrictions, social distancing and increased attention to hygiene such as washing hands,
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A review has described how the lessons from major foodborne outbreaks have helped improve Europe’s food safety system.

The research covers significant outbreaks that occurred in the past decade and how things have changed to try and prevent repeat incidents.

In Europe, 5,175 foodborne outbreaks were recorded in 2019 with
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In May 2011, a virtually unknown strain of E. coli, known as O104:H4, made worldwide headlines when an outbreak in Germany sickened approximately 4,000 people and killed 50, including one American. This event, linked to fresh sprouts, quickly became the deadliest foodborne illness outbreak in history. In the days following
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