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By Davis W. Cheng, Ph. D.

The terms “Contagious Disease,” “Infectious Disease,” and “Communicable Disease” are related concepts and often used interchangeably, but there are distinctions in their meanings and subtle differences in emphasis. 

“Contagious Disease” specifically highlights diseases easily transmitted from person to person. Contagious diseases

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Comparing foodborne illness rates between countries can be misleading because of differences in methodology and data sources, according to a study.

Foodborne illness estimation models are country-specific, making international comparisons problematic. Some disparities in estimated rates can be attributed to variations in methodology rather than real differences in risk, said

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Young people have a limited understanding of foodborne microbes and underestimate the risks and consequences of illness, according to a study.

Researchers from the European Union’s project SafeConsume interviewed 156 people aged 11 to 18 in four countries about their food hygiene education, attitudes toward foodborne illness and existing food
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Australian regulators have opened a comment period on proposed new food safety management standards for foodservice operators and retail businesses.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)’s preferred approach is to change the rules to require a food safety supervisor on staff, food handler training and to ensure businesses can provide
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Imported food and foodborne illness are among the top concerns for consumers, according to a survey in Australia.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) commissioned the University of Adelaide to get insight into consumers’ responses to food safety incidents and outbreaks.

Data from the Food Insights Questionnaire (FoodIQ) during September
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The World Health Organization (WHO) is looking for a consultant to help update estimates on the burden of foodborne diseases.

The agency’s Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG) published the first global report on this subject in 2015. This showed foodborne diseases caused 600 million illnesses and 420,000 deaths
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