Manual for reporting on zoonoses and zoonotic agents, within the framework of Directive 2003/99/EC, and on some other pathogenic microbiological agents for information deriving from the year 2015

Question Number
EFSA-Q-2015-00659
Issued
25 January 2016
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Abstract

This reporting manual provides guidance for reporting on zoonoses and zoonotic agents in animals, food and feed under the framework of Directive 2003/99/EC and also on the reporting of other pathogenic microbiological agents in food. The objective is to harmonise and streamline reporting by Member States (MSs) to ensure that the data collected are relevant and easy to analyse at the European Union (EU) level. This manual covers all the zoonoses and zoonotic agents included under the current data collection system run by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Detailed instructions are provided on reporting data in both table and text form. This guidance applies to the agents, animal species and food categories to be reported on. The instructions given are related to the description of the sampling and monitoring schemes applied, as well as analysing the results in the national reports. Special reference is made to data elements in which following trends would be desirable. This manual is specifically aimed at guiding the reporting of information deriving from the year 2015.

Summary

food and feed under the framework of the Directive 2003/99/EC. Instructions are also provided on the reporting of other pathogenic microbiological agents in food. The objective is to harmonise and streamline reporting by Member States (MSs) to ensure that the data collected are relevant and easy to analyse at the European Union (EU) level.

These instructions are intended to be applied to reporting through the Data Collection Framework (DCF). The data collection covers the most common reported infections and microbiological contaminants in animal populations including bovine tuberculosis, bovine, ovine and caprine brucellosis, Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria, Yersinia, verotoxigenic Escherichia coli, Q fever, Trichinella, Echinococcus, Toxoplasma, West Nile virus, Cysticercus, and rabies in animals, food and feed. Data on some other microbiological contaminants or agents, such as staphylococcal enterotoxins, Cronobacter and histamine, are also covered by the manual.

This guidance typically applies to the agents, animal species and food categories to be reported on. Advice is also provided on the agent species, serotypes and serovars to be included in the reporting.

Specific instructions are given to describe the sampling and monitoring schemes, as well as the description of the analysis of the results in the national reports. Special reference is made to data elements in which following trends would be desirable at the EU level and in which MSs are encouraged to provide data on a regular basis.

This manual is specifically aimed at guiding the reporting of the information deriving from the year 2015.

Published
29 January 2016