* Introduction * The WHO surveillance programme for control of foodborne infections and intoxications in Europe * Disease specific networks funded by the European Commission * Other sources of data on foodborne pathogens in Europe * Challenges for European surveillance of emerging foodborne pathogens * Conclusion * Acknowledgments * References.
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Funded through a grant from the European Commission's Directorate General for Research (DG RESEARCH) the Foodborne Viruses in Europe network (FBVE network) is co-ordinated by the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands ( Koopmans et al. , 2003 ). The FBVE network comprises a collaboration of 12 laboratories in nine European countries (Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) and participants are virologists and epidemiologists actively researching enteric viruses. Additional participants are from Slovenia and Hungary. The principal research goal is to understand better the mechanisms of emergence of variant norovirus (NV) strains and the main aim is to facilitate the early detection of potentially emerging variant strains ( Koopmans et al. , 2003 ).