Foodborne parasites in Europe: present status and future trends

Chiara Trevisan, Paul R. Torgerson, Lucy J. Robertson

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Abstract

Although foodborne parasites (FBPs) are becoming recognized as important foodbome pathogens, they remain neglected compared with bacterial and viral foodbome pathogens. As drivers for infection with FBPs are variable, it is often unclear for funding bodies where research should be prioritized. Through a COST Action (Euro-FBP; FA1408), we harnessed Europe-wide expertise to address these questions, using an Expert Knowledge Elicitation approach. Eating habits, lack of food-chain control, lack of awareness from relevant agencies, globalization, and water quality were identified as major drivers for FBP infection. Prioritized research needs to be largely focused on methodological gaps, but also on surveillance concerns, impact-assessment issues, and the role of microbiota. Despite the European focus, these responses should be relevant to those concerned with FBPs globally.

Original languageEnglish
JournalTrends In Parasitology
Volume35
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)695-703
Number of pages9
ISSN1471-4922
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • ALVEOLAR ECHINOCOCCOSIS
  • SOCIOECONOMIC BURDEN
  • FOOD
  • OUTBREAKS
  • TRANSMISSION
  • INFECTION
  • PATHOGENS
  • HEALTH

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