In 2014, Denmark experienced a decrease in reported foodborne outbreaks, according to new data released by the National Food Institute, the Technical University of Denmark, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, and Statens Serum Institute.

In 2014, there were 60 officially registered foodborne disease outbreaks in Denmark. There was 74 in 2013.


  • At 3,782 human cases in 2014, the rate remained about the same as numbers reported in 2012 and 2013.
  • Responsible for the most foodborne bacterial illnesses in Denmark. 


  • In 2014, the number of human cases were about the same as numbers reported in 2012 and 2013.
  • From 2013 to 2014, the number of Salmonella Enteritidis cases fell by 22.5 percent.
  • Human Salmonella Typhimurium cases increased by 26.7 percent in 2014, mostly due to an outbreak linked to domestic beef and pork.
  • For victims that had known travel histories, nearly half of them were found to have been infected abroad, primarily in Thailand, Turkey and Spain.

Listeria monocytogenes

  • There was an 84 percent increase in 2014 due to an outbreak linked to Danish deli meat made from pork.
  • VTEC increased by 33.3 percent.
  • Yersinia enterocolitica increased by 25.2 percent.
  • The increase in cases is also believed to be access to better diagnostic methods and increased awareness.

The full report is available online via the National Food Institute.