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Foodborne Illness

Reviews on foodborne illness and attribution


The FRI Food Safety Reviews are summaries of current scientific literature, focusing on special topics of current interest. These reviews replace the extensive annual food safety literature survey formerly published by FRI, and now number more than 30 since inception of the Briefings in 1996.

The most recent brief [January 2014: What Is Food Allergy?] is currently available to Sponsors Only. Contact FRI Associate Director Kathleen Glass to request access codes.


Sep 2013 Review of Epidemiology of Foodborne Listeriosis

"Pathways for introduction of Listeria into different foods and strategies for preventing contamination and growth in foods are reviewed. Recent data from surveillance studies, outbreak investigations, and economic costs are presented." PDF document Read the full text

Apr 2013 White Paper on Human Illness Caused by Salmonella from all Food and Non-Food Vectors, Update 2013

"This update to the February 2009 FRI white paper on Salmonella discusses important food and non-food vehicles for outbreaks of salmonellosis during the past five years, routes of infection, interventions, current surveillance reports, and antimicrobial resistance." PDF document Read the full text

Apr 2010 Non-O157:H7 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli from meat and non-meat sources

"Epidemiology, detection, outbreaks, infection routes, and interventions" PDF document Read the full text

Feb 2009 Human Illness Caused by Salmonella from all Food and Non-Food Vectors

"Food and non-food vehicles of infection for human outbreaks of salmonellosis, surveillance strategies, and industry initiatives to control Salmonella spp. " PDF document Read the full text

Oct 2006 Human Illness Caused by E. coli O157:H7 from Food and Non-food Sources

"Epidemiology, outbreaks, infection routes, surveillance, regulations, interventions." PDF document Read the full text

Oct 2001 Virulence Characteristics of Listeria monocytogenes

"Strain variation; Invasion and Spread; Host Defenses; Virulence factors." PDF document Read the full text