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Risk management and food safety

Food and Nutrition Paper 65











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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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    Ensuring efficient communication and interaction between food safety risk assessors and risk managers 2002
    The experts of the WHO Expert Consultation submitted the following principal comments: 1. Food Safety Authorities in Member Countries should structure their food safety system(s) on a risk-based approach that includes appropriate communication and interaction between risk assessors, risk managers, and stakeholders. 2. The functional separation of risk assessment and risk management is essential to the conduct of risk analysis activities. 3. Independence, transparency, and robustness o f the scientific analyses and advice are essential determinants of their credibility. Nonetheless, effective dialogue among risk assessors, risk managers, and other stakeholders is essential to maximize the utility of the assessment findings and to ensure that both scientific and societal goals are met. Concerning the interactions between risk managers and risk assessors, the terminology adopted or under discussion of the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission is used. The same applies to the d escription of risk analysis.
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    Gestion des risques et salubrité des aliments
    Étude FAO alimentation and nutrition n. 65
    1997
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    On s'accorde généralement à considérer l'analyse des risques comme la méthode fondamentale permettant d'élaborer des normes en matière de salubrité des aliments. Comme les participants à la consultation de 1995 l'ont précisé, l'analyse des risques comporte trois volets distincts et néanmoins complémentaires, à savoir l'évaluation des risques, la gestion des risques et la communication des risques. La communication des risques a été définie comme un processus interactif d'échange d'informations e t d'opinions sur les risques entre les responsables de leur évaluation et de leur gestion et les autres parties intéressées. La gestion des risques est, quant à elle, définie dans le Codex comme le processus consistant à mettre en balance les différentes politiques possibles compte tenu des résultats de l'évaluation des risques et, au besoin, à choisir et à mettre en oeuvre les mesures de contrôle et notamment les mesures réglementaires appropriées. Le processus de gestion des risques mis en oeu vre par les divers comités au sein du système du Codex Alimentarius donne lieu à l'élaboration de normes, lignes directrices et autres recommandations concernant la salubrité des aliments. Au plan national, il se peut qu'en matière de gestion des risques, des décisions différentes puissent être prises selon les critères et les gammes d'options retenus. Le Codex a pour objectif global d'assurer la protection du consommateur et de faciliter le commerce international.
  • Thumbnail Image
    Book (stand-alone)
    The application of risk communication to food standards and safety matters 1999
    Also available in:

    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.
  • Thumbnail Image
    Meeting
    Ensuring efficient communication and interaction between food safety risk assessors and risk managers 2002
    The experts of the WHO Expert Consultation submitted the following principal comments: 1. Food Safety Authorities in Member Countries should structure their food safety system(s) on a risk-based approach that includes appropriate communication and interaction between risk assessors, risk managers, and stakeholders. 2. The functional separation of risk assessment and risk management is essential to the conduct of risk analysis activities. 3. Independence, transparency, and robustness o f the scientific analyses and advice are essential determinants of their credibility. Nonetheless, effective dialogue among risk assessors, risk managers, and other stakeholders is essential to maximize the utility of the assessment findings and to ensure that both scientific and societal goals are met. Concerning the interactions between risk managers and risk assessors, the terminology adopted or under discussion of the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission is used. The same applies to the d escription of risk analysis.
  • Thumbnail Image
    Book (series)
    Gestion des risques et salubrité des aliments
    Étude FAO alimentation and nutrition n. 65
    1997
    Also available in:

    On s'accorde généralement à considérer l'analyse des risques comme la méthode fondamentale permettant d'élaborer des normes en matière de salubrité des aliments. Comme les participants à la consultation de 1995 l'ont précisé, l'analyse des risques comporte trois volets distincts et néanmoins complémentaires, à savoir l'évaluation des risques, la gestion des risques et la communication des risques. La communication des risques a été définie comme un processus interactif d'échange d'informations e t d'opinions sur les risques entre les responsables de leur évaluation et de leur gestion et les autres parties intéressées. La gestion des risques est, quant à elle, définie dans le Codex comme le processus consistant à mettre en balance les différentes politiques possibles compte tenu des résultats de l'évaluation des risques et, au besoin, à choisir et à mettre en oeuvre les mesures de contrôle et notamment les mesures réglementaires appropriées. Le processus de gestion des risques mis en oeu vre par les divers comités au sein du système du Codex Alimentarius donne lieu à l'élaboration de normes, lignes directrices et autres recommandations concernant la salubrité des aliments. Au plan national, il se peut qu'en matière de gestion des risques, des décisions différentes puissent être prises selon les critères et les gammes d'options retenus. Le Codex a pour objectif global d'assurer la protection du consommateur et de faciliter le commerce international.

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