Monitoring and maintaining the integrity of the food supply is a tough job; government agencies and food safety systems do it admirably under some very challenging circumstances.
Food safety is a pressing issue for governments, food processors, retailers and consumers worldwide, not only in the meat and seafood industries, but also in the dairy industry.
If the claimant is indeed sick due to food poisoning, then action needs to begin immediately to deduce the cause of the illness.
Given the importance of risk assessment to public health decisions, food safety agencies have established mechanisms to engage the entire food industry on such issues.
Crises arising from consumer complaints are believed to outnumber all other factors by an order of magnitude.
This article explores the details of the 2004 Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak, the methods used to link cases of illness and subsequent actions by industry to prevent future outbreaks.