HC Deb 19 May 2004 vol 421 cc1004-5W
Mr. Burstow

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many food poisoning incidents relating to barbecued food were recorded in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [172702]

Miss Melanie Johnson

The Health Protection Agency receives reports of outbreaks of infectious intestinal disease (IID) in England and Wales. A summary of the outbreaks from 1997 to 2003 that were reported as being associated with barbecues or with barbecued food is shown in the table.

However, outbreaks account for only a small proportion of laboratory-confirmed cases of IID (probably around 5 per cent.). The majority of cases are sporadic and in such cases, it is usually impossible to determine the source of infection. Laboratory confirmed cases of IID themselves represent only a fraction of all cases.

Foodborne outbreaks of infectious intestinal disease (IID)

associated with barbecues: 1997 to 20031

Pathogen Location Number



of onset

1997 Salmonella Virchow PT8 Restaurant 3 April Chicken (BBQ)
1998 Escherichia coli 0157 School 2 May Sausages at BBQ
2000 Campylobacter BBQ at Residential institution 21 May BBQ held for residents and staff
2001 Salmonella Enteritidis PT6 BBQ at Private House 22 Sent Tiramisu
1 Provisional for 2003.


There were no outbreaks of IID associated with barbecues in 1999, 2002 and 2003.


Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, Gastrointestinal Diseases Department, Health Protection Agency.