Expert Advisory: Foodborne diseases sicken 1 in 10 worldwide

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Professor Shannon Majowicz, of the University of Waterloo, is available to speak to the media on the World Health Organization’s report on the global burden of foodborne disease, released today.

She collected data on Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) for the report. STEC is the same bacteria responsible for the E. coli outbreak in Walkerton, Ontario in May 2000.

The World Health Organization found that each year, foodborne diseases cause 600 million illnesses and 420,000 deaths around the word.

“In theory, foodborne diseases are some of the most preventable diseases in the world: we know the causes, and we know how to stop them,” said Professor Majowicz, of Waterloo's School of Public Health and Health Systems. "However, effective prevention requires everyone – from farmers and food producers, to the food industry and food processors, to food retailers, to end consumers like you and me – to do our part."

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