Some viruses, bacteria and parasites are spread in the food we eat. They can cause a variety of symptoms, including diarrhoea, vomiting, gastroenteritis, jaundice and neurological disorders.
In the Netherlands, recent years have seen an increase in serious gastric infections requiring hospital admission. Clearly, it is important to ascertain the causes. More detailed research into the most common pathogens, such as Toxoplasma, norovirus, Salmonella and Campylobacter is needed.