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 160 to 230 each year in Hong Kong. The numbers of persons affected ranged from around 630 to 1010.
- Food poisoning outbreaks occur in a seasonal pattern in which summer is the peak season.
- Bacterial foodborne agents are the leading causes of 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