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WHO Estimates of the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases

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Illness and death from diseases caused by contaminated food are a constant threat to public health and a significant impediment to socio-economic development worldwide. To measure the global and regional burden of foodborne disease the World Health Organization (WHO) established the Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG), which here reports their first estimates of the incidence, mortality, and disease burden caused by 31 foodborne hazards. The outcomes of the Collection can contribute to improvements in food safety throughout the food chain by incorporating these estimates into policy development at national and international levels.

Image Credit: Taenia solium scolex Roberto J. Galindo Salmonella Bacteria; NIAID. Aspergillus flavus; M Huss.

Introducing the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases Collection
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    World Health Organization Global Estimates and Regional Comparisons of the Burden of Foodborne Disease in 2010
Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases
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Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases - Supplementary Articles
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