The Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) is a collaborative network established in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions Emerging Infections Program; the state health departments in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, and Tennessee; the Food and Drug Administrations Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition; and the United States Department of Agricultures Food Safety Inspection Service. The FoodNet Population Survey was conducted by telephone in the nine population-based FoodNet sites (CA, CO, CT, GA, MD, MN, NY, OR, and TN) from March 2002 through February 2003. The total population of these nine sites, according to the 2002 United States Census Bureau estimates, was 37,961,688 persons. The 2002 Population Survey was the fourth 12-month FoodNet Population Survey. Previous surveys were conducted in 1996, 1998, and 2000. With the exception of the geographic area, the survey methods were similar in ...
Problem/Condition: Foodborne diseases cause an estimated 48 million illnesses each year in the United States, including 9.4 million caused by known pathogens. Foodborne disease outbreak surveillance provides valuable insights into the agents and foods that cause illness and the settings in which transmission occurs. CDC maintains a surveillance program for collection and periodic reporting of data on the occurrence and causes of foodborne disease outbreaks in the United States. This surveillance system is the primary source of national data describing the numbers of illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths; etiologic agents; implicated foods; contributing factors; and settings of food preparation and consumption associated with recognized foodborne disease outbreaks in the United States. Reporting Period: 1998-2008. Description of the System: The Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System collects data on foodborne disease outbreaks, defined as the occurrence of two or more cases of a similar ...
Overall listeriosis incidence did not change significantly from 2004 through 2009. Further targeted prevention is needed, including food safety education and messaging (eg, avoiding Mexican-style cheese during pregnancy). Effective prevention among pregnant women, especially Hispanics, and older adu …
The Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) is a multidisciplinary collaboration of national associations comprised of state and local agencies representatives and federal public health agencies whose goal is to improve methods at the local, state, and federal levels to detect, investigate, control, and prevent foodborne disease outbreaks. These CIFOR member organizations represent epidemiology, environmental health, public health laboratories, and regulatory agencies involved in foodborne disease surveillance and outbreak response. CIFOR identifies barriers to rapid detection and response to foodborne disease outbreaks and develops projects that address these barriers. CSTE co-chairs the CIFOR Council. More information about CIFOR can be found at www.cifor.us ...
https://www.precisionbusinessinsights.com/market-reports/global-foodborne-diseases-treatment-market/#ulp-14mlyhjMGhVjZqa3. Geographically Foodborne Diseases Treatment Market has been segmented into following regions viz. North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America foodborne diseases treatment market is expected to grow at notable rates due to increase in the prevalence of foodborne diseases such as botulism and toxoplasmosis, and increase in R&D investment by companies on antibiotics and vaccines. Asia Pacific and Africa regions are projecting lucrative opportunity for foodborne diseases treatment market owing to increase in the incidence of foodborne diseases in these regions. According to WHO estimates 2015, Africa and South East Asia regions have the highest incidence and death rates, including children under the age of 5 years. Europe is expected to show significant growth rate owing to increase in R&D investment and healthcare spending.. Get ...
ABSTRACT. Background: The United States is the third largest consumer of seafood in the world. Consumption of seafood has many health benefits, but there are also associated risks. Seafood has the potential to carry chemical and biological toxins that can result in severe cases of foodborne illness and even death. In fact, fish is one of the top 3 food commodities implicated in foodborne disease outbreaks each year. In this paper, we describe the epidemiological traits of fish-associated outbreaks from 1998-2008, as well as seek to elucidate associations between fish type, method of preparation, setting, and geographic location.. Methods: Fish-associated outbreak data from CDCs Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System were analyzed in this report and included number of illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths, age groups, gender, reporting state, etiology, fish type, setting, and method of preparation. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression were used to identify risk factors for ...
On April 17, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published its annual report: Incidence and Trends of Infections with Pathogens Transmitted Commonly Through Food - Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, 10 U.S. Sites, 2006-2013 (http://bit.ly/041814report). CDC publishes this report to summarize data generated by the FoodNet surveillance program. FoodNet, established in 1996, monitors reported foodborne illnesses in 10 states. From this data, CDC tracks illness trends for major pathogens and provides estimates on foodborne illnesses in the United States. More information on . . .
This report published in Communicable Diseases Intelligence, Volume 28, Number 2 provides and analysis of foodborne disease outbreaks in Australia from 1995 to 2000. Health agencies are increasingly conducting systematic reviews of foodborne disease outbreak investigations to develop strategies to prevent future outbreaks.
FoodNet is an active laboratory and population-based surveillance system to monitor the incidence of foodborne diseases of local and national public health importance.
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The epidemiology of foodborne diseases is rapidly changing. Recently described pathogens, such as Escherichia coli O157:H7 and the epidemic strain of Salmonella serotype Typhimurium Definitive Type 104 (which is resistant to at least five antimicrobial drugs), have become important public health problems. Well-recognized pathogens, such as Salmonella serotype Enteritidis, have increased in prevalence or become associated with new vehicles. Emergence in foodborne diseases is driven by the same forces as emergence in other infectious diseases: changes in demographic characteristics, human behavior, industry, and technology; the shift toward a global economy; microbial adaptation; and the breakdown in the public health infrastructure. Addressing emerging foodborne diseases will require more sensitive and rapid surveillance, enhanced methods of laboratory identification and subtyping, and effective prevention and control.
Food Safety and the Vulnerable Populations. Everyone eats, so everyone is at risk for foodborne illness. However, certain groups of people have a higher risk of developing foodborne illnesses and they carry a higher risk for serious episodes of disease. These groups include children, seniors, pregnant women, transplant recipients and other individuals with compromised immune systems, such as individuals diagnosed with AIDS, cancer or diabetes. Of the vulnerable groups, children under 5 and seniors over 65 are the ones at greatest risk for serious illness.. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that there are 31 known foodborne pathogens - the remaining 200+ pathogens are called "unspecified agents." Most of the known foodborne pathogens have both acute and long-term health impacts.. While many cases of foodborne illness are mild, foodborne diseases can also be severe. Acute symptoms frequently include headache, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, and sometimes fever. ...
CDC announces the release of a new computer-based case study, E. coli O157:H7 Infection in Michigan. Based on a real-life disease outbreak investigation, this self-instructional, interactive exercise teaches public health practitioners epidemiologic skills and allows them to practice these skills. In the case study, students work through the E. coli O157:H7 investigation from beginning to end. Students can select learning activities focusing on particular areas of interest or those most relevant to their job activities. The new case study is the second in the Foodborne Disease Outbreak Investigation Case Study Series. The first computer-based case study, Botulism in Argentina, was released in 2002 and received the American Society for Training and Developments E-Learning Courseware Certification and the 2002 Outstanding Practice Award from the Design and Development Division of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. The Foodborne Disease Outbreak Investigation Series ...
Each year in the United States, ∼260,000 people get sick from contaminated fish. Fish is also the most commonly implicated food category in outbreaks. We reviewed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System for outbreaks resulting from consumption of fish during the period 1998-2015. We found 857 outbreaks associated with fish, resulting in 4815 illnesses, 359 hospitalizations, and 4 deaths. The median number of illnesses per outbreak was three (range: 2-425). The annual number of fish-associated outbreaks declined from an average of 62 per year during the period 1998-2006 to 34 per year during the period 2007-2015. Hawaii (221 outbreaks [26%]) and Florida (203 [24%]) reported the most outbreaks. Among 637 outbreaks (74%) with a confirmed etiology, scombrotoxin (349 [55%]) and ciguatoxin (227 [36%]) were by far most common. Most outbreak-associated illnesses were caused by scombrotoxin (1299 [34%]), Salmonella (978 [26%]), and ciguatoxin (894 ...
Salmonella vaccines are a proven, pre-harvest intervention to reduce the overall prevalence of Salmonella contamination of birds entering the processing facility, especially the higher-risk Salmonella B and D serotypes. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is encouraging the poultry industry to expand the use of Salmonella vaccines to help control Salmonella in poultry flocks.. According to the CDCs latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, researchers from the CDCs Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) found that human food-borne illness incidents caused by S. Enteritidis held steady last year, while S. Typhimurium incidents declined by 13% compared to data collected from 2016-2018.. The CDC report goes on to say reductions in Salmonella serotype Typhimurium suggest that targeted interventions (e.g., vaccinating chickens with Salmonella vaccines) might help decrease human infections. Typhimurium moved from the most common serotype during 1996-1998 ...
Between 1996 and 2014, foodborne disease outbreak due to imported food resulted in 10,685 illnesses, 1,017 hospitalizations, and 19 deaths.
The Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) released the second edition of the CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response in April of 2014. The Guidelines describe the overall approach to foodborne disease outbreak response (including preparation, surveillance and outbreak detection, cluster and outbreak investigation, and control) and provide recommended practices in each of these areas to help agencies and jurisdictions improve local foodborne disease outbreak response. The Guidelines capture the approaches (and genius) of some of the great foodborne disease investigation and control programs in this country, portraying their successful practices in black and white for all to see (and learn from). The Guidelines are chockfull of recommended activities that can help every program in the country (big and small) be one of the greats!. But the Guidelines were not made for light (or bedtime) reading (nor for finding the practices that will help improve your program on ...
Cryptosporidium parvum leaped to the attention of the United States following the 1993 outbreak in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which sickened 400,000 people. Other outbreaks in the United States have been associated with drinking and recreational water, consumption of contaminated foods, contact with animals, and childcare attendance. Despite its public health importance, the number of people who become infected each year is not known. In 1997, active surveillance for C. parvum was added to the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet), a collaborative effort among the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, selected state health departments, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration. During the first 2 years of surveillance, 1,023 laboratory-confirmed cases of cryptosporidiosis were detected in FoodNet (Connecticut, Minnesota, Oregon, and selected counties in California, Georgia, Maryland, and New York). The annual rate per 100,000 persons was 2.3. Sixteen
Diarrheal disease is a major health care problem and causes about 2 billion cases worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks diarrheal disease as 2nd most common cause of child deaths among children under 5 years globally, particularly in developing countries. About 1.9 million children younger than 5 years of age perish from diarrhea each year, more than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. Common causes of bacterial diarrheal disease are Campylobacter spp., Salmonella spp. and Y. enterocolitica.. Campylobacter species are one of the most common causes of bacterial diarrhea worldwide, responsible for 400 million - 500 million cases annually. The disease caused by the genus Campylobacter is called campylobacteriosis. More than 80% of Campylobacter infections are caused by C. jejuni. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates more than 2 million cases of campylobacteriosis each year in the US. The Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) reported an ...
Foodborne infections can be prevented. The incidence of STEC O157 infection has declined to reach the 2010 national health objective target of ≤1 case per 100,000 (11).†† This decline was mirrored by a decrease in HUS. Many factors likely contributed to this success. One is improved detection and investigation of STEC O157 outbreaks, resulting not only in contaminated products being removed before more persons became ill but also in enhanced knowledge about preventing contamination that was used to prevent future outbreaks and illnesses. PulseNet,§§ the national molecular subtyping network for foodborne bacterial pathogens, can detect widely dispersed outbreaks and has greatly improved the detection and investigation of multistate outbreaks. Others include cleaner slaughter methods, microbial testing, and better inspections in ground beef processing plants (12); regulatory agency prohibition of contamination of ground beef with STEC O157 (resulting in 234 beef recalls since STEC O157 was ...
The epidemiology of foodborne disease is changing. New pathogens have emerged, and some have spread worldwide. Many, including Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Campylobacter, and Yersinia enterocolitica, have reservoirs in healthy food animals, from which they spread to an increasing variety of foods. These pathogens cause millions of cases of sporadic illness and chronic complications, as well as large and challenging outbreaks over many states and nations. Improved surveillance that combines rapid subtyping methods, cluster identification, and collaborative epidemiologic investigation can identify and halt large, dispersed outbreaks. Outbreak investigations and case-control studies of sporadic cases can identify sources of infection and guide the development of specific prevention strategies. Better understanding of how pathogens persist in animal reservoirs is also critical to successful long-term prevention. In the past, the central challenge of foodborne disease lay in preventing the
The global burden of foodborne diseases and its impact on development and trade is currently unknown. As a response to this data gap, the WHO Department of Food Safety and Zoonoses (FOS) launched an Initiative to Estimate the Global Burden of Foodborne Disease in collaboration with multiple partners. This document describes the Initiative.
Foodborne illness is caused by consuming contaminated foods or beverages. Many different disease-causing microbes or pathogens can contaminate foods, so there are many different types of foodborne illnesses. Most foodborne diseases are infections caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Other diseases are poisonings caused by harmful toxins or chemicals that have contaminated food.. Of note many foodborne pathogens also can be acquired through recreational or drinking water, from contact with animals or their environment, or through person-to-person spread.. On this page: ...
Food safety is an essential public health issue for all countries. Foodborne diseases due to microbial pathogens, biotoxins, and chemical contaminants in food represent serious threats to the health of thousands of millions of people. Serious outbreaks of foodborne disease have been documented on every continent in the past decades, illustrating both the public health and social significance of these diseases. Consumers everywhere view foodborne disease outbreaks with ever-increasing concern. Outbreaks are likely, however, to be only the most visible aspect of a much broader, more persistent problem. Foodborne diseases not only significantly affect peoples health and well-being, but they also have economic consequences for individuals, families, communities, businesses and countries. These diseases impose a substantial burden on health-care systems and markedly reduce economic productivity. Poor people tend to live from day to day, and loss of income due to foodborne illness perpetuates the ...
Background and Aim: Salmonella species are the main agent of disease outbreaks in the world. Their antibiotic resistance made a global challenge in their treatment and good knowledge about antimicrobial pattern of microorganisms is very important to treat foodborne diseases. Hence, determination of their frequency and the most frequent salmonella spp ...
On Monday, Chipotle temporarily shut down over 40 of its restaurants after an E. coli outbreak sickened 22 people. Its the third time since August that the burrito chain has experienced an outbreak of food poisoning, but the midrange burrito kings are not alone in spreading foodborne disease. In a teleconference he...
The CIFOR protocol for investigating foodborne illnesses provides guidance and direction for the regulatory and regulated communities. During a foodborne illness outbreak, time is of the essence in order to identify the offending food product and to remove it from the market place. To facilitate and ensure correct information is obtained in a timely fashion, a consistent approach to investigating foodborne illness outbreaks is crucial.. By using these CIFOR Guidelines and Tools, Industry can take an active and educated role in the outbreak response and investigation, reducing the impact to the public and their business. A fully coordinated investigation can then proceed more quickly and accurately, yielding more dependable results that are in the interest of public health while limiting impact to the involved industry.. The benefits of having a uniform approach include:. 1. The CIFOR Guidelines are a Best Practices document.. 2. Investigation training is simplified by having everyone training to ...
What Is a Foodborne Illness?. Foodborne illness is a disease that causes infection or poisoning in humans due to the ingestion of foods containing toxic and hazardous substances into the human body. Foodborne illness usually causes gastrointestinal discomfort, nausea and vomiting, severe diarrhea, systemic infection and even death, and accounts for a large proportion of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Because of their continuing threat to public health, it has become a major obstacle to global socio-economic development. Up to now, more than 200 different foodborne diseases have been discovered. The most serious cases usually occur in the elderly, children or people with impaired immune system function. There are many factors that cause foodborne illness, and foodborne pathogens are one of the most important factors.. Foodborne Pathogen. Foodborne illnesses are usually caused by eating food contaminated with bacteria and/or their toxins, parasites, viruses, chemicals or other agents. Among ...
Foodborne Illnesses and Antibiotic Resistance Associated with Zoonotic Pathogens Types of antibiotic-resistant foodborne pathogens in USA Emergence and incidence of antibiotic-resistant foodborne pathogen infections Risk factors associated with acquiring antibiotic resistant foodborne microbial infections Trends in prevalence of antibiotic-resistant zoonotic foodborne pathogens in animals, foods and human illness
Whats Lurking in Our Food?[caption align=right][/caption]By Kristi MollnerFood helps us to grow and to keep our bodies fueled. We have many foods available to help us stay healthy. These include fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, and dairy. While humans may have an exceptionally wide variety of meal options, we arent the only organisms that need to eat to survive; all
The statistics were calculated from an assortment of sources, some of them new. One of the most promising, the Food-borne Disease Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet), is a collaborative effort of the CDC, the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, specifically designed to measure these illnesses. Yet FoodNet tracks only seven out of the 28 pathogens included in these numbers, and those 28 represent only a fraction of the 200 known diseases transmitted through food. PulseNet, another innovation, can compare strains genetically, thus linking apparently random cases that may be part of wider outbreaks.. Tracking food-borne disease is also complicated by the number of illnesses thought to be caused by unknown pathogens. For example, only 20 years ago Listeria, E. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter and Cyclospora, all of which have caused recent outbreaks, were not known to cause foodborne illness. New pathogens also emerge as people change how, where and what they eat, and as ...
Stop Foodborne Illness is a national nonprofit, public health organization dedicated to the prevention of illness and death from foodborne pathogens.
WHO assists Member States in building capacity to prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks. WHOs activities include generating baseline and trend data on foodborne diseases and supporting implementation of adequate infrastructures (e.g. laboratories).
Foodborne disease outbreaks caused by imported food appeared to rise in 2009 and 2010, and nearly half of the outbreaks implicated foods imported from areas which previously had not been associated with outbreaks, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, presented today at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta.. "Its too early to say if the recent numbers represent a trend, but CDC officials are analyzing information from 2011 and will continue to monitor for these outbreaks in the future," said Hannah Gould, Ph.D., an epidemiologist in CDCs Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases and the lead author.. CDC experts reviewed outbreaks reported to CDCs Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System from 2005-2010 for implicated foods that were imported into the United States. During that five-year period, 39 outbreaks and 2,348 illnesses were linked to imported food from 15 countries. Of those outbreaks, ...
An estimated 91 million people in Africa in a year consume contaminated food that renders them ill, and around 137,000 people die. Food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances cause diseases ranging from acute diarrhoea to lifelong conditions, including some cancers. The risk of foodborne diseases is most severe in low- and- middle…
HIGH RISK FOODS. All foods - regardless of how or where they were produced - carry a risk for causing foodborne illness. Some foods, like raw milk, sprouts and undercooked eggs, meat, poultry and fish, are commonly associated with foodborne illness and are considered "high risk." However, other foods - like leafy greens, tomatoes and cantaloupes - can also cause illness. Since the risk of illness also depends on an individuals health status, some foods are considered "high risk" for certain groups of people. For example, deli meats, hot dogs and soft cheeses are considered to be "high risk" foods for pregnant women due to the risk for listeria monocytogenes.. Scientists are working hard to better understand which foods carry the highest risks and who is most likely to be impacted. Below is a list of recently identified pathogen-food combinations:. Top ten pathogen-food combinations as measured by annual cost of illness. and by Quality Adjusted Year Life (QALY) loss, by combined rank. ...
The occurrence of foodborne disease in Brazil is low compared to other countries but this could be due to underreporting and people not seeking health
One intervention for preventing an outbreak of foodborne disease is to place barriers to reduce the spread of pathogens to foods.
HealthTap: Doctor answers on Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and More: Dr. Lonsdale on foodborne illness in children: In the summer, the major cause is food spoilage such as when a mayonnaise based potatoe salad gets warmed in the sun and then is eaten. The other major cause is contamination from improper processing or from improper hand washing and hygiene from food handlers. These can lead to salmonella poisoning, hepatitis or e coli infestation.
Presenting foodborne disease burden rather than trends in the incidence of individual pathogens has added value because it provides a more robust, integrated perspective, according to a study presented in The Lancet.
Doctor answers on Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and More: Dr. Ein on foodborne illness salmonella infection: Not really passed between humans. for topic: Foodborne Illness Salmonella Infection
This page includes the following topics and synonyms: Prevention of Foodborne Illness, Foodborne Illness Prevention, WHO Food Handling Recommendations.
Foodborne illnesses continue to take a staggering toll on public health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year roughly 1 out of 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases.. ...
A new report detailing the investigation into an outbreak of norovirus infection that caused almost 11,000 cases of gastroenteritis in Germany in September and October 2012 has recently been published.. This was the largest foodborne outbreak ever recorded in Germany and affected 390 institutions, mainly schools and childcare facilities. Virtually all were supplied by the same catering company, and epidemiological data suggested a link with dishes containing strawberries.. The implicated dishes had been prepared in a number of regional kitchens belonging to the company, but all of the strawberries were found to belong to a single lot, imported frozen from a supplier in China. A recall prevented half of the lot reaching the consumer, but the authors of the report comment that this event highlights the risk of large foodborne outbreaks in a globalised supply chain.. The report is published in the journal Eurosurveillance and can be found in full here.. ...
A foodborne outbreak is an indication that something needs to be improved in a food safety system. Public health scientists investigate outbreaks to control them, and also to learn how similar outbreaks can be prevented in the future. Just as when a fire breaks out in a large building or when an airliner crashes, two activities are critical when an outbreak occurs. First, emergency action is needed to keep the immediate danger from spreading, and, second, a detailed objective scientific investigation is needed to learn what went wrong, so that future similar events can be prevented. Much of what we know about foodborne disease and its prevention comes from detailed investigation of outbreaks. This is often how a new pathogen is identified, and this is how the critical information linking a pathogen to a specific food and animal reservoir is first gathered. The full investigation can require a team with multiple talents, including the epidemiologist, microbiologist, food sanitarian, food ...
Nearly half of all food borne disease outbreaks in 2009 and 2010 were caused by imported food according to new numbers from the CDC.
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It has been estimated that there are approximately 48 million foodborne illnesses resulting in 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths in the U.S. annually. Efforts to address this significant public health problem will require improvements in a variety of areas including, laboratory-based surveillance for early detection of foodborne illnesses. Since 1996, PulseNet has connected foodborne illness cases together, using DNA "fingerprinting" of the bacteria making people sick, in order to detect and define outbreaks. PulseNet has detected thousands of local and multi-state outbreaks since its inception, leading to prevention opportunities and continuous improvements in our food safety systems. However, many local and multi-locality outbreaks are not detected early enough or detected at all to lead to the successful implementation of control or preventive measures. Foodborne disease surveillance and outbreak investigation faces many challenges brought by changes in food processing and ...
Genomic data from foodborne pathogens, by itself and in combination with other information, is a robust resource that can help public health officials identify and understand the source of foodborne foodborne illness outbreaks.
All people need food. Unsafe foods; however, may cause diseases ranging from diarrhea to cancer. Chemicals in food are a worldwide health concern. In 2006, the World Health Organization (WHO) organized a consultation on the global burden of foodborne diseases. Work to estimate this burden began in 2007 and was carried out by the WHO Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG), which included a Chemical and Toxins Disease Task Force. The results of 8 years of work were released in December 2015.