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Ensuring efficient communication and interaction between food safety risk assessors and risk managers









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    Ensuring Effective Communication between Risk Assessors and Risk Managers
    Conference Room Document proposed by the USA
    2002
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    The mission of the United States food safety regulatory agencies is to safeguard public health by ensuring the safety of food products in the United States. To accomplish this goal, these agencies are increasingly relying on a risk analysis approach to address complex food safety problems. This document will discuss how US regulatory agencies balance the need to ensure the independence of risk assessors and risk managers, while yet maintaining essential frequent and transparent communicati on between the two groups. Two illustrative cases of coordinated risk assessment and management are included; these address Salmonella Enteritidis in shell eggs and Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods.
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    The Interaction between Assessors and Managers of Microbiological Hazards in Food
    Report of a WHO Expert Consultation in collaboration with The Institute for Hygiene and Food Safety of the Federal Dairy Research Center, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Kiel, Germany, 21-23 March 2000
    2000
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    This report is a further elaboration of the risk analysis process. The interaction of risk managers and risk assessors is considered in detail. The diagram (Fig. 1) highlights two points in the risk management cycle where interaction with risk assessors occurs. However, interaction may be necessary at other places as well. Risk assessment and cost benefit analysis are independent; science based activities conducted to provide the basis for risk management decisions. Risk asse ssment and risk management activities are typically not linear processes but iterative and fluid. Frequently, the risk management goals and the risk assessment activities will be revised and refined based on the scientific findings as the work progresses.
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    The application of risk communication to food standards and safety matters 1999
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    Risk communication was defined by the March 1995 Consultation on the Application of Risk Analysis to Food Safety Issues as “an interactive process of exchange of information and opinion on risk among risk assessors, risk managers, and other interested parties”. The practical application of risk communication in relation to food safety involves all aspects of communications among risk assessors, risk managers and the public. This includes the mechanisms of delivery; message content; timeliness of the communication; the availability and use of supporting materials and information; and the purpose, credibility and meaningfulness of the communication. With increased public concern regarding food safety, greater demands are placed on risk communicators to involve the public and other interested parties in an interactive dialogue and to explain the magnitude and severity of risks associated with foodborne hazards in clear and comprehensible terms that convey credibility and trustworthin ess. This requires communicators to recognize and overcome gaps in knowledge as well as obstacles inherent in the uncertainties of scientific risk assessment.

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