Ranking of foodborne risks

What is worse? Chicken with Campylobacter or arsenic in rice? The Danish National Food Institute has found a way to rank foodborne risks.

Foodborne diseases are measured in disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). A DALY is a measure of how many years of disease-free life a population loses when a proportion of the population lives with a reduced quality of life or dies earlier than expected due to illness. 

Peanut allergy represents the third largest burden of foodborne diseases, surpassed only by Campylobacter and lead. This underlines the importance of proper allergen labelling to avoid contamination. 

Read more about the study: Risk ranking of foodborne diseases in Denmark: Reflections on a national burden of disease study

For risk assessment of contaminants in food and drinking water, please contact:

Helle Buchardt Boyd    
Tel +45 4516 9097