Project Details


The Global Foodborne Infections Network (formerly Global Salm-Surv (GSS)) is a global network of laboratories and individuals involved in surveillance, isolation, identification and antimicrobial resistance testing of various foodborne pathogens. It is part of endeavours of WHO to strengthen the capacities of its Member States in the surveillance and control of major foodborne diseases and to contribute to the global effort of containment of antimicrobial resistance in foodborne pathogens.

The objective of the network is to strengthen and enhance the capacities of national and regional laboratories in the surveillance of major foodborne pathogens, e.g. the work with antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella and Campylobacter from humans, food and animals.

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark conducts:

External Quality Assurance System (EQAS) on serotyping and susceptibility testing of Salmonella and Shigella as well as identification and MIC determination of Campylobacter and an unknown foodborne pathogen

Training courses in isolation, identification, serotyping, PFGE and susceptibility testing of major foodborne pathogens.

Individual training

Reference testing of problem strains

Participation in various research projects with member countries.
Effective start/end date01/01/200031/12/2020

Collaborative partners

  • Technical University of Denmark (lead)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Project partner)
  • Public Health Agency of Canada (Project partner)
  • Utrecht University (Project partner)
  • World Health Organization (Project partner)
  • Czech National Institute of Public Health (Project partner)
  • United States Food and Drug Administration (Project partner)
  • Institut Pasteur du Maroc (Project partner)
  • OzFoodNet (Project partner)
  • European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (Project partner)


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