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Overview

The Cost Estimates of Foodborne Illnesses data product provides detailed data about the costs of major foodborne illnesses in the United States, updating and extending previous ERS research. This data set includes:

  1. Detailed identification of specific disease outcomes for foodborne infections caused by 15 major pathogens in the United States
  2. Associated outpatient and inpatient expenditures on medical care
  3. Associated lost wages
  4. Estimates of individuals’ willingness to pay to reduce mortality resulting from these foodborne illnesses acquired in the United States.

Disease outcomes include both acute illness and chronic disease that sometimes follow these acute illnesses. These 15 pathogens account for over 95 percent of the illnesses and deaths from foodborne illnesses acquired in the United States for which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can identify a pathogen cause. These estimates build on CDC estimates of the incidence of foodborne disease; peer-reviewed synthesis of data on medical costs, and economic, medical and epidemiological literature; and publicly available data on wages.

This data product provides Federal agencies such as USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) with a set of consistent, peer-reviewed estimates of the costs of foodborne illness that can be used in analyzing the impact of Federal regulation. It also provides other stakeholders and the general public with a means of understanding the relative impact of different foodborne infections in the United States. Cost estimates of foodborne illnesses have been used in the past to help inform food-safety policy discussions, and these updated cost estimates will provide a foundation for economic analysis of food safety policy.

This product consists of 15 Excel files detailing disease outcomes for each pathogen together with associated costs, technical notes and documentation, and links to associated research projects and publications.

Data Set   
DownloadsLast UpdatedNext Update
Campylobacter (all species)Back to top
Cost of foodborne illness estimates for Campylobacter (all species) Download as Excel10/7/2014
Clostridium perfringensBack to top
Cost of foodborne illness estimates for Clostridium perfringens Download as Excel10/7/2014
Cryptosporidium parvumBack to top
Cost of foodborne illness estimates for Cryptosporidium parvum Download as Excel10/7/2014
Cyclospora cayetanensisBack to top
Cost of foodborne illness estimates for Cyclospora cayetanensisDownload as Excel10/7/2014
Escherichia coli O157Back to top
Cost of foodborne illness estimates for Escherichia coli O157Download as Excel10/7/2014
Non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coliBack to top
Cost of foodborne illness estimates for non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coliDownload as Excel11/4/2014
Listeria monocytogenesBack to top
Cost of foodborne illness estimates for Listeria monocytogenesDownload as Excel10/7/2014
NorovirusBack to top
Cost of foodborne illness estimates for NorovirusDownload as Excel10/7/2014
Salmonella (nontyphoidal)Back to top
Cost of foodborne illness estimates for Salmonella (nontyphoidal)Download as Excel10/7/2014
Shigella (all species)Back to top
Cost of foodborne illness estimates for Shigella (all species)Download as Excel10/7/2014
Toxoplasma gondiiBack to top
Cost of foodborne illness estimates for Toxoplasma gondiiDownload as Excel10/7/2014
Vibrio parahaemolyticusBack to top
Cost of foodborne illness estimates for Vibrio parahaemolyticusDownload as Excel10/7/2014
Vibrio vulnificusBack to top
Cost of foodborne illness estimates for Vibrio vulnificusDownload as Excel10/7/2014
Vibrio (all other non-cholera species)Back to top
Cost of foodborne illness estimates for Vibrio (all other non-cholera species)Download as Excel10/7/2014
Yersinia enterocoliticaBack to top
Cost of foodborne illness estimates for Yersinia enterocoliticaDownload as Excel10/7/2014
Consumer Price IndexesBack to top
Consumer Price IndexesDownload as Excel10/7/2014
Value of Statistical LifeBack to top
Value of Statistical Life (VSL)Download as Excel11/12/2014

Last updated: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

For more information contact: Sandra Hoffmann