Project team: Anton Alldrick
Running: Jan 2015 – Dec 2016
Project number: 134933
Risk Assessment is widely used by the food industry. Although it may work well for microbiological hazards, many sectors of
the food industry do not understand the concept of risk in relation to other hazards such as chemical hazards or allergen management. In addition to
requirements to perform risk assessment defined by industry and legislative standards, it could be a useful tool to help companies develop testing
schedules as part of their quality assurance schemes. Analytical testing of products or raw materials is an expensive part of a company's QA scheme.
The requirement to include checks for raw material and product authenticity has become important. A systematic approach using a risk model could be
used to estimate the amount of testing required based on knowledge gleaned from food safety management, TACCP, horizon scanning or gap analysis
exercises. This project will review risk assessment practices used by other industries, and use this knowledge to produce a new Guideline document
or update Guideline 65 ('Risk Assessment and Management of Raw Materials').Guideline documentation will include suitable guidance for companies to
allow them to develop testing schemes based on HACCP, TACCP, horizon scanning, gap analysis or legislative requirements.