To avoid food-borne illnesses, observe hygiene rules and the cold and heat chain. If you suspect a food to be the cause of a food-borne illness, keep it refrigerated and contact the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC): pointcontact@afsca.be or 0800 13 550. If symptoms persist or worsen, contact your general practitioner. 

How to diagnose a food-borne illness?

Observing the symptoms is usually sufficient to diagnose gastroenteritis. Then a food-borne illness is confirmed if the cause can be traced back to a contaminated food.

A coproculture (culture of human stools), the direct detection of the microorganism in the stool or a blood test often make it possible to identify the microorganism responsible for the food-borne illness. 

The main purpose of food-borne illness monitoring is to trace their cause in order to take preventive measures to avoid other cases.

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