Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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Food-Borne Parasites: Ranking of Importance

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_4679-1
The FAO classified the worldwide importance of food-borne parasites for human and animal consumption according to their total importance around the world (Table 1). In special regions of the world, the ranking may be completely different, since it depends on the customs which food is used and how it is prepared.
Table 1

Global ranking of food-borne parasites and possibly induced diseases

Ranking position

Parasites

1

Taenia solium

2

Echinococcus granulosus

3

Echinococcus multilocularis

4

Toxoplasma gondii

5

Cryptosporidium spp.

6

Entamoeba histolytica

7

Trichinella spiralis

8

Opisthorchiidae

9

Ascaris spp.

10

Trypanosoma cruzi

11

Giardia duodenalis

12

Fasciola spp.

13

Cyclospora cayetanensis

14

Paragonimus spp.

15

Trichuris trichiura

16

Trichinella spp.

17

Anisakidae

18

Balantidium coli

19

Taenia saginata

20

Toxocara spp.

21

Sarcocystis spp.

22

Heterophyidae

23

Diphyllobothriidae

24

Spirometra spp.

Keywords

Toxoplasma Gondii Trypanosoma Cruzi Entamoeba Histolytica Echinococcus Granulosus Global Ranking 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.
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Further Reading

  1. Robertson LJ et al (2013) Have foodborne parasites finally become a global concern? Trends Parasitol 29:101–103CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und Parasitologie Universitätsstraße 1DüsseldorfGermany