the project / study 4
The economic costs of Campylobacter and assessment of interventions to reduce it
- What are the economic costs of Campylobacter infection in the UK?
Using data from two studies of infectious intestinal disease in England (IID & IID2) the economic burden of disease from Campylobacter and gastro intestinal disease will be estimated.
- What role could technical interventions in the food chain play in reducing Campylobacter loads?
Technical change and interventions in the food chain are seen by some as the best option to reduce the disease burden of Campylobacter, while others think more potential lies in education and behaviour change among those preparing food. This research explores stakeholders’ perceptions of the best way forward in the effort to reduce the numbers of Campylobacter cases.
- What is the relationship between the effectiveness of control measures and their acceptability to producers and consumers?
Technical interventions in the food chain such as irradiation and chlorine washing could reduce human exposure to Campylobacter. Such interventions prompt concern among many about the impacts on the safety and quality of our food. This research explores those trade-offs and what they tell us about the social (un)acceptability of alternative pathogen management strategies.
- What is the extent of pathogen risk increasing behaviours in the food chain, and how can their prevalence be gauged?
Behaviour throughout the food chain can increase the risk of human exposure to pathogens such as Campylobacter. Qualitative and quantitative research will investigate the prevalence of behaviours and pressures to behave in such a way. The quantitative research will include methods (such as Randomised Response Techniques) designed to increase truthful revelation of incriminating or illicit behaviours.