VOL 3, NO 1 (2016): SPRING (APRIL)



Ágnes Vajda, Gyula Kasza


In order to develop effective policy alternatives, measuring the costs of foodborne has become a priority disease all over the world [1.]. Nowadays a great number of studies have been conducted in the literature to calculate the economic impact of diseases. However, calculating the total burden due to food borne illnesses – as it makes necessary to know the real number and all the type of costs - seems to be a big challenge for the researchers. In addition, these studies use different methods and can vary by perspective which can limit the comparability of the results. The primary aim of our work is to resume the methodologies most commonly used for calculating the social costs of foodborne diseases.


Keywords: foodborne diseases, true incidents, economic burden, registered cases,


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