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Epidemiology of Food Poisoning Across the World: The World Health Organisation Report 2015

By on May 8, 2016

Safer food safety is imperative for saving lives throughout the world. Every bite you eats, one is potentially exposed to illness from either microbiological or chemical contamination. Billions of people are at risk and millions fall ill every year; many die as a result of consuming unsafe food. However, the incidence of Foodborne Diseases (FBD) varies greatly across the world. Higher incidence occurs in poorer, less developed regions of the world due to poor sanitation and lack of refrigeration.

This 2015 report, resulting from the WHO is the first of its kind to make genuine estimates of global foodborne disease incidence, mortality, and disease burden. This has been a mammoth task due to the lack of collatable data from less developed nations.

The WHO estimates, there are “thirty-one foodborne hazards causing thirty-two diseases” are included, eleven diarrhoeal disease agents (1 virus, 7 bacteria, 3 protozoa), 7 invasive infectious disease agents (1 virus, 5 bacteria, 1 protozoan), 10 helminths (parasitic worms) and 3 chemicals. Together, the 31 hazards caused an estimated 600 million foodborne illnesses worldwide and an estimated 420,000 deaths in 2010.

The most frequently cause of foodborne illness were diarrhoeal disease agents, (particularly norovirus and Campylobacter spp.), caused an estimated 230,000 deaths, particularly non-typhoidal Salmonella enterica (NTS) which causes diarrhoeal and invasive disease. Other major causes of foodborne deaths were Salmonella Typhi, Taenia solium, hepatitis A virus, and aflatoxin.

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From the report, the following statistics were published by the WHO.


Foodborne diseases are caused by:

  • Bacteriag. Salmonella
  • Virusesg. Norovirus
  • Parasitesg. amoebic dysentery
  • Toxins g. mycotoxins
  • Chemicalsg. Fungal ingestion


Every year:

  • 1 in 10 people will fall ill
  • 33 million healthy life years lost
  • 420,000 deaths
  • 1 in 3 deaths are children under the age of 5

Diarrhoeal disease are responsible for:

  • ½ of foodborne diseases are caused by 31 hazards
  • 550 million people falling ill
  • 230,000 deaths
  • Under 5’s = 220 million children falling ill
  • Under 5’s = 96,000 will die (or 11 per hour)

In an ever increasing global world, foodborne diseases spread rapidly along the food chain and across borders.

The take home message is that most foodborne diseases are preventable through good standard food hygiene, improvements in sanitation and risk assessments by food preparation staff.


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