Food safety

First formal meeting of the Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG) : implementing strategy, setting priorities and assigning the tasks


Publication details

Editors: World Health Organization
Publication date: 2008
Languages: French, English



The first meeting of the FERG saw the establishment of several thematic Task Forces (TF) to advance the work in the areas of enteric diseases, chemical causes and parasitic diseases. In their respective areas, the TF provided (a) priority lists of causative agents for which burden assessments should be conducted, (b) developed concrete and very detailed work plans to commission the individual burden work, and (c) agreed on the logistic and technical steps to be taken by the FERG over the next year. The execution of the plan rests with the WHO Secretariat and will lead to a first set of preliminary burden of disease estimates in the area of diarrhoeal diseases, and some parasitic and chemical causes of foodborne diseases for the next FERG meeting in November 2008.