The Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) is a collaborative project of the CDC, state health departments in 10 states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, and Tennessee), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is the principal foodborne disease component of CDC's Emerging Infections Program.
FoodNet conducts active surveillance for infections transmitted commonly through food and also conducts epidemiologic studies designed to help public health officials better understand the epidemiology of foodborne diseases in the United States. FoodNet also provides a platform for responding to new and emerging foodborne diseases, monitoring the burden of foodborne diseases, and identifying the sources of specific foodborne diseases. FoodNet surveillance provides the data necessary for measuring progress in foodborne disease prevention.
Healthy People 2010 (HP 2010) is a set of health objectives the nation committed to strive to achieve over the first decade of the new century. Healthy People 2010 was developed through a broad consultation process, built on scientific knowledge and intended to measure the impact of prevention programs over time. Healthy People 2010 set national targets for infections caused by Campylobacter, Listeria, Salmonella, and Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O157; all are transmitted commonly through food. FoodNet data are used to measure progress towards these national health objectives.
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