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The impact of foodborne metals on the burden of disease has been largely overlooked, in comparison to the attention on acute diseases associated with infectious foodborne agents. In a Special Section of Environmental Research, we describe in detail the burden of disease from foodborne lead, methylmercury, arsenic and cadmium, and discusses them in the context of the World Health Organization's initiative to estimate the global burden of foodborne disease.

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