Risk models for due diligence
Risk assessment is widely used by the food industry to
demonstrate that appropriate due diligence has been taken
in the production of food and drink. Although well developed
for microbiological hazards, the concept of risk is less well
understood in relation to other hazards such as chemical hazards
or allergen management. A new member-funded research project
will fill this gap, helping companies make rational cost-effective
decisions regarding risk management.
Requirements to include checks
In addition to requirements to perform risk assessment defined by industry and legislative standards, risk assessment can be a useful tool to help companies develop testing schedules as part of their quality assurance (QA) schemes. The requirement to include checks for raw material and product authenticity has become important, but analytical testing of products or raw materials is an expensive part of a company's QA scheme. A systematic approach using a risk model could be used to estimate the amount of testing required based on knowledge from food safety management, TACCP, horizon scanning or gap analysis exercises.
Guidance documentation from this project will allow companies to develop testing schemes based on HACCP and related approaches, as well as legislative requirements.
Contact: Steve Garrett