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Cases of food poisoning in the UK increased significantly through the 1980s and 1990s. This trend has started to reverse in recent years but food poisoning remains a public health concern, with an estimated one in five people affected by infectious intestinal disease each year. The Government has set a target to reduce foodborne disease by 20% between 2001 and 2006. This briefing describes the trends in foodborne disease in the UK and examines options for meeting the Government target.

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