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PHO Grand Rounds: Foodbook: Highlights from the Canadian Food, Water and Animal Exposure Study
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: By webinar
Research and Collaboration; Infectious Diseases
City: Toronto
Type: PHO Grand Rounds
Format: In Person; Webinar
​Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.


Foodbook is a population-based telephone study that was conducted in all Canadian provinces and territories over a 12-month period, between 2014 and 2015. The study collected data on the following:

  •  acute gastrointestinal illness
  • animal-related exposures
  • consumer food safety knowledge and practices
  • demographic factors
  • drinking and recreational water exposures
  • food exposures
  • obesity indicators
The data on these topics fills an important data gap and helps to inform timely and effective enteric illness outbreak response.
This data will be used to help to determine sources of enteric illness in Canada (which will support risk assessments and help to target public health interventions to prevent illness).
Consumption patterns, consumer behaviour, health-related information, and socioeconomic status indicators will also be used to inform food safety education initiatives and health promotion efforts linked to obesity and determinants of health.
A final report​
, released in Fall 2015, provides a summary of exposure data (over a seven day period) for food, water and animals.
This presentation will describe the study, present results and examples of how data have been used to date, and describe anticipated knowledge translation outputs.

Foodbook was conducted jointly by the Enteric Surveillance and Population Studies Division (ESPS) and the Outbreak Management Division (OMD) in the Centre for Food-borne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (CFEZID), of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), in consultation with Federal/Provincial/Territorial partners.

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.​

Presenters: Vanessa Morton and Regan Murray

Vanessa Morton and Regan Murray are epidemiologists with the Centre for Foodborne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the Public Health Agency of Canada.​

PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).
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