New Zealand: Food poisoning's cost highlighted

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12:53PM Saturday December 13, 2008

Source: Newstalk ZB

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The Food Safety Authority has released a report into the cost of foodborne illness to New Zealand, highlighting the massive cost of food poisoning to the economy.

It puts the cost at around $86 million, mostly from lost productivity when people are absent from work.

Campylobacteriosis, one of the most common acute gastrointestinal illnesses, accounts for around 90% of the cost, even though it only made up around half of reported cases.

The Authority's Public Health Principal Advisor, Dr Donald Campbell, says it highlights the importance of making sure public health is protected.

New Zealand's rates of illness were slightly higher than those in comparable studies from Australia and Canada.





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