The number of foodborne outbreaks was down but the amount of people falling sick was up in Denmark in 2019 compared to the year before.
This past year, 51 outbreaks were reported with 1,929 patients. Eighteen of the outbreaks were national events, of which four were part of international incidents. The most frequent setting was restaurants with 15 outbreaks affecting 534 people.
In 2018, 1,600 people were affected by 64 outbreaks. Norovirus remained the most frequent cause of foodborne outbreaks.
In 2019, Clostridium perfringens was associated with 10 outbreaks affecting 551 people compared to five in 2018 affecting 107 people. Incidents involving Clostridium perfringens are usually caused by insufficient cooling of large portions of food, like meat sauces and sous vide or slow roasted meats.
The largest outbreak, involving 268 people, was caused by insufficient cooling of minced meat sauce packed with other items into chilled ready-to-heat … Read more