FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on the Development of Practical Risk Management Strategies Based on Microbiological Risk Assessment Outputs, 3-7 April 2006
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 aimed to delineate the different ways in which Microbiological Risk Assessment (MRA) can contribute to the development of effective risk management strategies for implementation at different steps along the food-chain.
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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