Burden and Risk Assessment of Foodborne Parasites

  • Brecht Devleesschauwer
  • Pierre Dorny
  • Christel Faes
  • Arie H. Havelaar
  • Paul R. Torgerson
  • Niko Speybroeck
Part of the Food Microbiology and Food Safety book series (FMFS)


Burden and risk assessment play an increasingly important and accepted role in defining control policies for foodborne parasites (FBPs). Burden assessment is a top-down approach, starting from available epidemiological data, while risk assessment is a bottom-up or predictive approach, starting from exposure and dose-response data. Both methods however share a common goal of generating estimates of the health and economic impacts of the concerned hazards. These estimates can be used to generate an evidence-based ranking of the impact of FBPs (i.e. risk ranking) and a baseline against which the effects of interventions can be evaluated. Risk assessment further provides a scientific framework for evaluating the potential effects of intervention measures and, by combining with economic models, the expected efficiency of such measures.


Burden of disease Cost of illness Disability-adjusted life years Dose-response assessment Exposure assessment Foodborne parasites Risk assessment Risk characterisation Risk ranking 



Disability-adjusted life year


Foodborne parasite


Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group


Global Burden of Disease


Multi-criteria decision analysis


Modular process risk model


Quantitative microbiological risk assessment


Summary measure of population health


Years lived with disability


Years of life lost


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brecht Devleesschauwer
    • 1
  • Pierre Dorny
    • 2
    • 3
  • Christel Faes
    • 4
  • Arie H. Havelaar
    • 5
  • Paul R. Torgerson
    • 6
  • Niko Speybroeck
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Public Health and SurveillanceScientific Institute of Public Health (WIV-ISP)BrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Biomedical SciencesInstitute of Tropical MedicineAntwerpBelgium
  3. 3.Department of Virology, Parasitology and ImmunologyGhent UniversityMerelbekeBelgium
  4. 4.Interuniversity Institute for Biostatistics and Statistical BioinformaticsHasselt UniversityHasseltBelgium
  5. 5.Emerging Pathogens Institute, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems and Department of Animal SciencesUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  6. 6.Vetsuisse FacultyUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  7. 7.Institute of Health and Society (IRSS)Université catholique de LouvainBrusselsBelgium

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