Researchers have estimated the burden of disease from certain foodborne pathogens in the Netherlands in 2019.

About 41 percent of the foodborne burden was associated with meat such as poultry, pork, beef and lamb. These products caused a third of all food-related fatal cases.

Each year, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) investigates how many people become sick or die from 14 pathogens. This is the burden of disease and is expressed in Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs). Foodborne disease accounted for 4,200 of the 11,000 DALYs  per year, and €174 million of the €423 million.

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