The FERG symposium 'The Global burden of foodborne diseases' will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. WHO’s Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG) is providing estimates of the global burden of foodborne diseases, according to age, sex and region, for a defined list of causative agents of microbial, parasitic, and chemical origin, thereby strengthening the capacity of countries to assess the burden of foodborne disease and increasing awareness and commitment for the implementation of food safety standards.
1,3-butadiene, or simply butadiene, is a colourless, flammable gas with an odour resembling that of petrol. Butadiene is used as a raw material for the production of synthetic rubber in the car tyre industry and for making such plastics as nylon. Butadiene is released into the atmosphere through industrial processes, during forest fires, and when wood is burned. Once butadiene is released into the atmosphere, it quickly decomposes through exposure to light.