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Almost one third of all deaths from foodborne diseases are in children under the age of five years, despite the fact that they make up only 9% of the global population. This is among the findings of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Estimates of the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases—the most comprehensive report to date on the impact of contaminated food on health and wellbeing. These estimates are the result of a decade of work and input from more than 100 experts from around the world, including several CBRA members.

The global burden of foodborne disease estimates were generated by the Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG). The FERG estimates have been published in a dedicated PLOS collection, and can be explored through an interactive tool.