Manual for reporting on food-borne outbreaks in accordance with Directive 2003/99/EC for information deriving from the year 2014
This manual provides specific guidance for reporting on food-borne outbreaks under the framework of Directive 2003/99/EC. It is based on the reporting format described in the European Food Safety Authority report on ‘Updated technical specifications for harmonised reporting of food-borne outbreaks through the European Union reporting system in accordance with Directive 2003/99/EC’. The objective is to harmonise and streamline the reporting to the European Food Safety Authority by the Member States. The manual includes a description of the structure and scope of the reporting system for food-borne outbreaks, the definitions used in the system and the variables to be reported. It provides guidance with some examples on how to report and classify the causative agents, food vehicles implicated, settings, places of origin of problem and the contributory factors.