Food Environments Food safety

Foodborne disease burden estimates


The annual incidence of foodborne disease in disability-adjusted life years (DALYs)/100,000 people. This provides a cumulative burden estimate, combining 31 hazards spanning diarrheal disease agents, invasive infectious disease agents, helminths, and chemicals and toxins. Data are available for groups of countries of similar levels of development within a same continent but not by individual country (e.g. Africa is represented in two clusters, or “regions")


A metric of foodborne illness is the gold standard for assessing the level of a country’s progress in improving food safety.