Economic Information Bulletin No. (EIB-118) 35 pp

September 2013

Making Sense of Recent Cost-of-Foodborne-Illness Estimates

Three recent studies provide cost-of-foodborne-illness estimates ranging from $14.1 billion to $152 billion. This report shows that differences in these estimates are largely due to the number of diseases considered, the valuation methods used, and uncertainty about disease incidence estimates.

Keywords: Foodborne illness, health valuation, cost of illness, QALY, willingness to pay, VSL EQ-5D, burden of disease, chronic sequelae, Campylobacter, E. coli, Listeria, norovirus, Salmonella, Toxoplasma, Vibrio, Yersinia

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Last updated: Monday, September 30, 2013

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