Food Safety and Zoonoses

Development of practical risk management strategies based on microbiological risk assessment outputs

FAO/WHO expert meeting, 3-7 April 2006

The use of microbiological risk assessment outputs to develop practical management strategies: Metrics to improve food safety

FAO/WHO convened an expert meeting in collaboration with the Federal Dairy Research Centre, Institute for Hygiene and Food Safety, Kiel, Germany, 3-7 April 2006.

This expert meeting

The report describes some of the recent international activities, which included undertaking case studies and convening an expert meeting, and the outcomes of discussions on the use of Microbiological Risk Assessment (MRA) in microbiological risk management. In particular, it addresses the progress made and the challenges being faced in elaborating practical guidance on the use of MRA outputs to develop practical risk management strategies.

It should be noted that the meeting was only able to begin the process of developing practical guidance in this area. The participants (a) summarized the current state of play, (b) used case studies prepared in advance of the meeting to identify the technical areas where guidance is needed (c) identified priority issues which will need further discussion and elaboration in order to provide the practical guidance requested by the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene and required by FAO and WHO member countries.

Thus, this report should be considered a step in the continuing international process to establish a sound technical basis for adopting a risk analysis approach to microbiological food safety concerns.

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