Food safety

8th Report of the WHO Surveillance Programme for Control of Foodborne Infections and Intoxications in Europe, 1999-2000

The WHO Surveillance Programme for Control of Foodborne Diseases in Europe was launched in 1980 as a result of the international awareness of the socioeconomical impacts of the increase of foodborne diseases. This Programme is managed by the BgVV - FAO/WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Food Hygiene and Zoonoses under the responsibility of the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health in Rome.

The main objective of the Programme has been to provide information for the development of appropriate measures for the prevention and control of foodborne diseases in the Region. Particular objectives include:

  • Identification of the causes and epidemiology of foodborne diseases in Europe;
  • Distribution of relevant information on surveillance; and,
  • Collaboration with National Authorities in the identification of priorities in the establishment or reinforcement of their systems of prevention and control of foodborne diseases.

Since its establishment in 1980, the interest in the Programme has grown continuously. The Programme started with the participation of eight countries and currently 51 of the 52 members of the WHO European Region are participating countries.

Country reports include:

  • General information on the surveillance systems in each country Data from statutory notification Information on epidemiologically investigated outbreaks Additional information

With this web-based version the Programme invites all national contacts to send it their comments on the provisional versions to enhance the final printed version of the 8th Report.

The editors and the WHO Food Safety Programme of WHO/Europe would like to express their deep gratitude to all the national counterparts of the WHO Surveillance Programme for their invaluable contributions, and to all those who collaborated in the elaboration of the 8th Report and its placement on the web for their support in completing this important task.