Food safety


Scientific advice is based on recognized expertise, robust methodologies and international data. WHO collects data and information both from national competent institutions and from FAO/WHO scientific committees. According to a recent resolution of the World Health Assembly, WHO is facilitating the data access to experts and food safety professionals.

WHO estimate of the global burden of foodborne diseases

This online tool includes date of the burden of foodborne diseases at the Global and Regional levels caused by 31 agents – bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins and chemicals. The report and the online tool were designed to support policy makers in setting up and implementing strategies to prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks to improve food safety.


By integrating multiple sources of reliable data, FOSCOLLAB helps overcome the challenges of accessing these key sources in a timely manner. It allows for better risk assessment and decision-making by food safety professionals and authorities.

  • Access the chemical overview dashboard
    The Chemical Overview Dashboard integrates summary elements from three separate sources: JECFA Evaluations Database, GEMS/Food Contaminants database and the WHO Collaborating Centres Database. Note: 1. Hazards evaluated by the JECFA from 1995 onwards are selectable. 2. A blank chart indicates no data available in the GEMS/Food contaminants database.
  • Access the pesticide dashboard
    The pesticide dashboard displays for each pesticide evaluated by JMPR, the toxicological reference values, the result of acute and chronic dietary exposure assessment and the Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) adopted by the Codex Alimentarius.
  • The report of the FOSCOLLAB Data Quality Working Group
    pdf, 685kb

JMPR database

The database contains basic information (ADI, ARID, CAS number etc) for all pesticides evaluated by the Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) as well as the available publications (reports and monograph) for each compound.

JECFA database

The database contains basic information (ADI, dietary exposure… etc) for all chemicals evaluated by the Joint Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants (JECFA) as well as the available publications (reports and monograph) for each compound.

IPCS INCHEM database

Searchable database of all JECFA Monographs and other IPCS Risk Assessment documents.

GEMS/Food contaminants database

The database is designed to access and submit data on contaminant levels in food.

GEMS/Food consumption database

As part of its dietary exposure assessment mandate, GEMS/Food has developed supra-national model diets which are currently used for predicting dietary intake of various chemicals according to internationally accepted methodologies (EHC 240).

  • Access the GEMS Cluster Diets
    The GEMS/ Food Cluster diets - 2012 Dashboard displays a map of countries as well as consumption data for all 17 GEMS/Cluster diets. Users can select a cluster to view both the countries comprising the cluster as well as the grams/person/day consumption data for the selected cluster.

The FAO/WHO Chronic individual food consumption database – Summary statistics (CIFOCOss)

WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) developed a new database for Individual Food Consumption Data. The Chronic Individual Food Consumption database – Summary statistics (CIFOCOss), hosted by WHO, is currently containing summary statistics of 37 surveys from 26 countries (only surveys with a survey duration of 2 days or more). It was initially developed to be used by FAO/WHO scientific committees in particular for dietary exposure assessment. It provides summary statistics at 3 levels of food categorization for a total of about 500 items at level 3. CIFOCOss will from now on be continuously implemented with data from additional surveys.