Food safety

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.

Global estimates

National estimates


Methods and metrics