Food safety

Estimation of the global burden of foodborne diseases

Foodborne diseases outbreaks have devastating health and economic consequences in both developed and developing countries. WHO identified the need to estimate the full extent and cost of the disease burden associated with unsafe food.

WHO launched in 2006 an initiative to Estimate the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases to provide Member States with data and tools to support policy-makers and other stakeholders to set appropriate, evidence-informed priorities of food safety at country level.

The final report of the estimation of the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases will be released in 2015.

The initiative is taken forward by the Foodborne Diseases Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG). FERG is composed of internationally renowned experts in a broad range of disciplines relevant to global foodborne disease epidemiology.