Human health surveillance

MPI's human health surveillance programme helps reduce the incidence of foodborne disease in New Zealand.


Under its human health surveillance programme, MPI gathers foodborne illness and attribution data and publishes scientific reports with the aim of reducing the incidence of foodborne illness. 

The programme encompasses projects that aim to improve the surveillance of foodborne illnesses and to attribute its incidence to reservoirs and food sources.

About the programme

To control the incidence of foodborne disease, we need to:

  • identify common sources or reservoirs, and the main ways the diseases are transmitted
  • understand how often specific hazards in particular foods cause people to fall ill
  • find out when illness is also caused by other sources such as environmental exposure, direct animal contact, or human-to-human exchange.

The programme for human health surveillance comes under MPI’s food safety risk management framework and enables MPI to:

  • systematically collect, collate, and analyse data about the incidence and causes of foodborne diseases
  • provide information in a timely way to the people who need to know, so that action can be taken
  • develop and monitor strategies to reduce food-related risks.

Read about the research projects that make up the human health surveillance programme:

Learn about MPI's nutrition strategy and research:

Find all the documents relating to the sources of foodborne illness in New Zealand:

View the annual reports relating to foodborne illness in New Zealand:

Read about the Campylobacter strategy:

Campylobacter Risk Management Strategy 2017–2020

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