The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for experts to contribute to work on the economic impact of foodborne diseases.
WHO is in the process of updating global estimates on the public health burden of foodborne infections. This will look at patients, deaths, and disability-adjusted life year (DALY) loss from foodborne disease globally, regionally, and nationally.
The first WHO figures on foodborne diseases were published in 2015. In 2018, the World Bank estimated the economic impact of foodborne diseases globally and regionally. The analysis revealed that unsafe food costs low- and middle-income economies $110 billion in lost productivity and medical expenses annually.