The Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) conducts surveillance for Campylobacter, Cyclospora, Listeria, Salmonella, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O157 and non-O157, Shigella, Vibrio, and Yersinia infections diagnosed by laboratory testing of samples from patients.

Established in 1995 FoodNet is a collaborative program  among CDC, 10 state health departments, the USDA-FSIS and the FDA. Its objectives are to:

  • Determine the burden of foodborne illness in the United States
  • Monitor trends in the burden of specific foodborne illness over time
  • Attribute the burden of foodborne illness to specific foods and settings
  • Disseminate information that can lead to improvements in
    public health practice and the development of interventions to reduce the burden of foodborne illness

FoodNet accomplishes its work through active surveillance; surveys of laboratories, physicians, and the general population; and population-based epidemiologic studies.

More information can be found at

Foodnet fast

CDC created FoodNet Fast to display data for select pathogens transmitted commonly through food on interactive graphs, maps, and tables. With FoodNet Fast, you can create custom searches and download data from the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet), which covers about 15% of the United States population. Learn more: FoodNet Fast | CDC

Use FoodNet Fast's Pathogen Surveillance Tool to see how rates of illnesses have changed in FoodNet's surveillance area since 1996 for selected pathogens transmitted commonly through food: Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium*, Cyclospora, Listeria, norovirus, Salmonella, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), Shigella, Vibrio, and Yersinia.

FoodNet Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

FoodNet data is often used to inform publications for the MMWRHere you will find the most recent publication for FoodNet.

The MMWR series is prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is the agencies primary vehicle for scientific publication of useful public health information and recommendations. To learn more click here.