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The SAFE FOODS framework for improved risk analysis of foods

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Lynn FrewerORCiD


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Three main changes to current risk analysis processes are proposed to improve their transparency, openness, and accountability. First, the addition of a formal framing stage would allow interested parties, experts and officials to work together as needed to gain an initial shared understanding of the issue, the objectives of regulatory action, and alternative risk management measures. Second, the scope of the risk assessment is expanded to include the assessment of health and environmental benefits as well as risks, and the explicit consideration of economic- and social-impacts of risk management action and their distribution. Moreover approaches were developed for deriving improved information from genomic, proteomic and metabolomic profiling methods and for probabilistic modelling of health impacts for risk assessment purposes. Third, in an added evaluation stage, interested parties, experts, and officials may compare and weigh the risks, costs, and benefits and their distribution. As part of a set of recommendations on risk communication, we propose that reports on each stage should be made public.

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Author(s): Frewer LJ; Koenig A; Kuiper HA; Marvin HJ; Boon PE; Busk L; Cnudde FC; Cope C; Davies HV; Dreyer M; Kaiser M; Kleter GA; Knudsen I; Pascal G; Prandini A; Renn O; Smith M; Traill B; VanDerVoet H; vanTrijp H; Vos E; Wentholt MT

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Food Control

Year: 2011

Volume: 21

Issue: 12

Pages: 1566-1587

Print publication date: 15/03/2010

ISSN (print): 0956-7135

ISSN (electronic): 1873-7129

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/j.foodcont.2010.02.012


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