Food Poisoning Outbreaks Related to Food Trade
- Over the past five years, the numbers of food poisoning cases referred to the Centre for Food Safety for investigation ranged from around 190 to 290 each year in Hong Kong. The numbers of persons affected ranged from around 720 to 1020.
- Food poisoning outbreaks occur in a seasonal pattern in which summer is the peak season.
- Bacterial foodborne agents are the leading causes of all food poisoning outbreaks.
Important Contributing Factors
- Cross contamination of ready-to-eat food by raw food
- Cross contamination by food handlers
- Inappropriate storage of ready-to-eat food at temperature of 4-60 °C
- Prolonged storage of ready-to-eat food at room temperature
- Inadequate cooking, especially in case of seafood