New Developments: Estimating the Social Cost of US Foodborne Illness and the WHO Global Burden of Foodborne Disease

Tue. 16 May 2023 12:00 pm

This talk will focus on preliminary results on new estimates of the social cost of foodborne illness in the U.S. and progress on WHO work on new Global Burden of Foodborne Disease (GBFD) estimates. The new Economic Research Service U.S. estimates focus on a thorough updating of disease modeling underlying the cost estimates and improvements in uncertainty modeling. The speaker serves on the reference group advising WHO on development of its new global burden of foodborne disease estimates. This talk will present an overview of the scope of this work and the process of estimating global burden of foodborne disease estimates.

Speaker: Sandra Hoffmann

Senior Economist·USDA Economic Research Service

Sandra (Sandy) Hoffmann is a senior economist with the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). Her research focuses on foodborne illness, health valuation, and the integration of economic analysis and risk assessment. She is recognized for her research on the social cost of foodborne illness, attribution of foodborne illness to its food sources, and children’s environmental health. Sandy served on the National Academy of Sciences committee on the Effectiveness of National Biosurveillance Systems. She currently serves on the World Health Organization’s Global Burden of Foodborne Disease Reference Group, and on advisory panels to the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency and to Food Standards Australia New Zealand on health valuation. She is currently advising the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on use of stated preference surveys in valuing morbidity due to chemical exposures from environmental toxins and foodborne pathogens. She previously advised US EPA and OECD on valuation of children’s benefits from environmental health programs. She is an academic editor for the PLOS ONE and serves on the editorial board of Foodborne Pathogens and Diseases and the Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics and Foodborne Pathogens and Disease.