The global burden of foodborne diseases : taking stock and charting the way forward
WHO Consultation to Develop a Strategy to Estimate the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases
The result of the Consultation was a draft strategic framework for the assessment of burden of foodborne diseases, which included: (a) the outline of an evidence map for assimilating existing information on the burden of illness and (b) a time frame outlining the individual strategic activities in relation to the evidence framework. In addition, the participants agreed on the contents of a standard protocol for foodborne disease burden studies at country level including infectious and chemical causes. One of the major recommendations was the establishment of the Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG) which is charged with implementing the recommendations of the Consultation and estimating the global burden of foodborne diseases.