By: On SLW1) and Rahayu WP 2)
1) Department of Wine, Food and Molecular Biosciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Lincoln University, PO Box 85084, Lincoln, New Zealand
2) Department of Food Science and Technology and SEAFAST Center, Bogor Agricultural University, Bogor-Indonesia
Estimates for the burden (number of cases) and cost of diarrheal foodborne illness (FBI) per year in Indonesia were calculated. Distinct data sources and models (derived from the World Health Organization, and Indonesian sources) were used to cross-validate results from each analysis. For all cases, estimates of the burdens and costs of the foodborne illnesses were broadly of the same magnitude. Total annual estimates of diarrheal FBI cases in Indonesia ranged from 10,189,312 to 22,476,423, with costs estimated as $4,763,051,067–16,752,046,500 USD. Estimates concur with similar studies in other countries that indicate the huge burden and cost of foodborne illness worldwide, emphasising the need for appropriate countermeasures to reduce this burden.
Keywords: foodborne illness, foodborne pathogens, cost estimates, burden of disease estimates, Indonesia
Published at Asia-Pacific Journal of Food Safety and Security, 3(1), 3-16. 2017