Economic Research Report No. (ERR-297) 33 pp

November 2021

Updating Economic Burden of Foodborne Diseases Estimates for Inflation and Income Growth

This report updates 2013 estimates of the economic burden of the 15 leading foodborne pathogens for inflation and income growth. ERS estimates of the economic burden of foodborne disease include the social costs of medical care, lost productivity, and premature death. The report finds that in 2018 dollars, the economic burden was about $17.6 billion, compared to $15.5 billion in 2013 dollars.

Keywords: Foodborne illness, pathogen, inflation, cost of illness, economic burden

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