Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN)

About the Global Foodborne Infections Network

Foodborne and other infectious enteric diseases are an important cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Travel, migration and distribution of food contribute to the global problem of foodborne diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that each year more than two million people die from diarrhoeal diseases, many of which are acquired from eating contaminated food. In response to the impact of foodborne and other enteric diseases, WHO and other collaborators created the Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN).

GFN is a capacity-building programme that promotes integrated, laboratory based surveillance and intersectoral collaboration among human health, veterinary and food-related disciplines.

GFN is part of WHO's endeavours to strengthen the capacities of its Member States in the surveillance and control of major foodborne diseases and to contribute to the global effort of containment of antimicrobial resistance in foodborne pathogens.

Information brochure on GFN

Laboratory protocols

Key publications

Information brochure on Global Foodborne Infections Network