Scottish health officials have admitted the surveillance of foodborne outbreaks suffered due to the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a report on gastrointestinal and zoonotic pathogens for 2020 and 2021, only outbreaks involving Public Health Scotland (PHS) are covered. Officials said as surveillance had lapsed, it was not a comprehensive record of incidents but for 2023 to 2024, ObSurv, the surveillance system for outbreaks of infectious intestinal disease in Scotland, will be re-established.

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