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Simon Hart (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Conservative)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in the UK died as a direct result of food poisoning in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011.

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Nick Hurd (The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office; Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, Conservative)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated January 2012

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people in the UK died as a direct result of food poisoning in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011. (91942)

The latest available figures for deaths registered in the United Kingdom are for the year 2010. We are therefore not able to provide figures for 2011.

In the United Kingdom there were 35 deaths with an underlying cause related to food poisoning in 2010. The International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes used to define food poisoning are presented in Box 1. Although all of the causes of death included in the answer are related to the ingestion of food, it is not possible to say whether these deaths were definitely associated with the ingestion of food, water or any other substance, since this is not routinely recorded on the death certificate.

The number of deaths registered in England and Wales each year by sex, age, cause, marital status, and place of death are published annually on the National Statistics website at:

www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/all-releases.html?definition=tcm%3A77-27475

Figures for Scotland are available in the annual Vital Events Reference Tables produced by the National Records for Scotland at:

http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/theme/vital-events/general/ref-tables/index.html

Figures for Northern Ireland are available in an annual statistical bulletin produced by the Northern Ireland Research and Statistics Agency at:

http://www.nisra.gov.uk/demography/default.asp23.htm

Box 1: Causes of death related to food poisoning—International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10)
ICD-10 code(s) Cause of death
A00-A01 Cholera, Typhoid and paratyphoid fevers
A02 Other salmonella infections (excluding typhoid and paratyphoid fevers)
A04.0 Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli infection
A04.1 Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli infection
A04.2 Enteroinvasive Escherichia coli infection
A04.3 Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli infection
A04.4 Other intestinal Escherichia coli infection
A04.5 Campylobacter enteritis
A05 Other bacterial foodborne intoxications
A07 Other protozoal intestinal diseases
A32 Listeriosis
B66.1 Clonorchiasis
B66.3 Fascioliasis
B66.4 Paragonimiasis
B68-B70 Taeniasis, Cysticercosis, Diphyllobothriasis and sparganosis
B75 Trichinellosis
B81.0 Anisakiasis
T62 Toxic effect of other noxious substances eaten as food (where X49, X69 or Y19 is the underlying cause)
T64 Toxic effect of aflatoxin and other mycotoxin food contaminants (where X49, X69 or Y19 is the underlying cause)
X49 Accidental poisoning by and exposure to other and unspecified chemicals and noxious substances (where T62 or T64 is the secondary cause)
X69 Intentional self-poisoning by and exposure to other and unspecified chemicals and noxious substances (where T62 or T64 is the secondary cause)
Y19 Poisoning by and exposure to other and unspecified chemicals and noxious substances, undetermined intent (where T62 or T64 is the secondary cause)

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