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Food may contain hazards (e. g. viruses or bacteria) which can be harmful for humans and lead to foodborne disease outbreaks. These outbreaks and their investigations are becoming increasingly complex due to changing patterns in the global food production and supply chain networks resulting in more and more complex delivery networks. FoodChain-Lab helps you to collect, handle and analyze the huge amounts of food delivery data needed in such an investigation.

Supply chain data can be imported to FoodChain-Lab via Excel templates as shown in the Data Collection Tutorial. To get a first impression of what you can do with FoodChain-Lab please watch the video demonstration below or download our flyer.


Your team is working on a foodborne disease outbreak
and you could need help?

We can aid European Countries
with tracing and visualisations using FoodChain-Lab
for free!

If you are interested
write to!

FoodChain-Lab is available as desktop version embedded in the KNIME Analytics Platform or as FoodChain-Lab Web App.

If you are a software developer and interested in the source code of the FoodChain-Lab desktop application you can find everything on GitHub.

FoodChain-Lab Web App with the source code on GitHub (here and here).

Please find an overview of current FoodChain-Lab events here.

FoodChain-Lab References

Rügen M, Falenski A, Gottschald M
The Universal Traceability data eXchange format (UTX)

Gottschald M, Falenski A, Rügen M, Kaesbohrer A, Weiser AA.
Map and analyse global food and feed supply chains
EFSA supporting publication 2019:EN-1742. 35 pp.

Gottschald M, Falenski A, Rügen M, Thöns C, Kaesbohrer A, Appel B, Mosbach-Schulz O, Weiser AA.
FoodChain-Lab: an innovative tool to increase food safety through supply chain analyses
In: BfR Wissenschaft: Feed and food safety in times of global production and trade. 2019. 259 pp.

Weiser AA, Thoens C, Falenski A, Appel B, Filter M, Kaesbohrer A.
FoodChain-lab: Tracing Software Supporting Foodborne Disease Outbreak Investigations
Procedia Food Science. 2016, 7: 101-104.

Weiser AA, Thöns C, Filter M, Falenski A, Appel B, Käsbohrer A.
Foodchain-Lab: A Trace-Back and Trace-Forward Tool Developed and Applied During Food-Borne Disease Outbreak Investigations in Germany and Europe
PLoS ONE. 2016, 11(3): e0151977.

Weiser AA, Gross S, Schielke A, Wigger JF, Ernert A, Adolphs J, et al.
Trace-Back and Trace-Forward Tools Developed Ad Hoc and Used During the Stec O104:H4 Outbreak 2011 in Germany and Generic Concepts for Future Outbreak Situations
Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. 2013, 10(3): 263-269.

Weiser AA, Filter M, Falenski A, Brandt J, Thöns C, Käsbohrer A, et al.
An Open-Source Community Resource for Creating, Collecting, Sharing and Applying Predictive Microbial Models (Pmm-Lab)
In: Aschenbruck N, Martini P, Meier M, Tölle J, editors. Future Security: 7th Security Research Conference, Future Security 2012, Bonn, Germany, September 4-6, 2012 Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg; 2012. p. 462-465.

References on outbreak investigations and case studies:

In 2013 and 2014 FoodChain-Lab was used in a multinational hepatitis A virus outbreak in Europe. The application of FoodChain-Lab in this outbreak and in several others are described in the following references:

European Centre for Disease Prevention Control (ECDC) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Multi-country outbreak of Salmonella Poona infections linked to consumption of infant formula.
EFSA Supporting Publications. 2019, 16, 1594E.

European Centre for Disease Prevention Control (ECDC) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Multi-country outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes clonal complex 8 infections linked to consumption of cold-smoked fish products.
EFSA Supporting Publications. 2019, 16, 1665E.

Enkirch T, Eriksson R, Persson S, Schmid D, Aberle SW, Lof E, Wittesjo B, Holmgren B, Johnzon C, Gustafsson EX, Svensson LM, Sandelin LL, Richter L, Lindblad M, Brytting M, Maritschnik S, Tallo T, Malm T, Sundqvist L and Ederth JL.
Hepatitis A outbreak linked to imported frozen strawberries by sequencing, Sweden and Austria, June to September 2018.
Eurosurveillance. 2018, 23.

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention Control (ECDC).
Multi-country outbreak of Salmonella Agona infections possibly linked to ready-to-eat food.
EFSA Supporting Publications. 2018, 15, 1465E.

Gobin M, Hawker J, Cleary P, Inns T, Gardiner D, Mikhail A, McCormick J, Elson R, Ready D, Dallman T, Roddick I, Hall I, Willis C, Crook P, Godbole G, Tubin-Delic D and Oliver I.
National outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 linked to mixed salad leaves, United Kingdom, 2016.
Eurosurveillance. 2018, 23.

Inns T, Cleary P, Bundle N, Foulkes S, Sharp A, Utsi L, McBrien C, Teagle R, Waldram A, Williams C, McCann C, Smith R, Saleh S, McCarthy N, Vivancos R, Hawker J and Decraene V.
Novel application of the matched case-control design to compare food supply chains during an Escherichia coli O157 outbreak, United Kingdom, 2016.
Eurosurveillance. 2018, 23.

Vincent A and Merchant R.
Joint EFSA and ECDC 2018 workshop on preparedness for a multi-national food safety/public health incident.
EFSA Supporting Publications. 2018, 15, 1480E.

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Multi-country outbreak of new Salmonella enterica 11:z41:e,n,z15 infections associated with sesame seeds.
EFSA Supporting Publications. 2017, EN-1256.

Mikhail AFW, Jenkins C, Dallman TJ, Inns T, Martin AIC, Fox A, Cleary P, Elson R and Hawker J.
An outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 associated with contaminated salad leaves: epidemiological, genomic and food trace back investigations.
Epidemiology and Infection. 2017, 146, 187-196.

European Food Safety Authority.
Tracing of Food Items in Connection to the Multinational Hepatitis a Virus Outbreak in Europe.
EFSA Journal. 2014, 12(9):3821: 1-186.


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