Food safety

Global burden of foodborne diseases

"WHO estimates of the global burden of foodborne diseases" has been launched on 3 December 2015

This is the most comprehensive report to date estimating the global burden of foodborne diseases. This helps address the lack of data on one of the leading causes of preventable illness and death worldwide. The report includes estimates of the burden of foodborne diseases caused by 31 bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins and chemicals. The estimates are based on the best available data at the time of reporting, and identified data gaps were filled using imputation, assumptions and other methods.

Advocacy materials


Online tool

The tool includes data 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.


Scientific journal publications


Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG)

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


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Announcements and Events

FERG Symposium

The symposium is scheduled on 15-16 December 2015 to discuss on the results on the global burden of foodborne disease estimates.

World Health Day 2015