Foodborne Disease Surveillance

Burden of foodborne diseases


Foodborne diseases are a growing public health problem worldwide. They encompass a wide spectrum of illnesses caused by microbial, parasitic or chemical contamination of food. Reliable epidemiological estimates on the burden of foodborne diseases are important in order to assess the impact of food safety measures and advise policy-makers on the cost-effective use of resources. To date, however, no precise and consistent global information exists.

In collaboration with multiple external and internal partners, the Department of Food Safety and Zoonoses (FOS) at the World Health Organization has launched the Initiative to Estimate the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases which is being taken forward by the Foodborne Diseases Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG).

Zoonoses and Veterinary Public Health (VPH)

WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AGISAR)

Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN)