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The SAFE FOODS framework for improved risk analysis of foods

König, A., Kuiper, H. A., Marvin, H. J. P., Boon, P. E., Busk, L., Cnudde, F., Cope, S., Davies, H. V., Dreyer, M., Frewer, L. J., Kaiser, M., Kleter, G. A., Knudsen, I., Pascal, G., Prandini, A., Renn, O., Smith, M. R., Traill, B. W., Van Der Voet, H., Van Trijp, H., Vos, E. and Wentholt, M. T. A. (2010) The SAFE FOODS framework for improved risk analysis of foods. Food Control, 21 (12). pp. 1566-1587. ISSN 0956-7135

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1016/j.foodcont.2010.02.012

Abstract/Summary

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.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Food Economics and Marketing (FEM)
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Food Security
ID Code:18456
Uncontrolled Keywords:Risk analysis Food safety Risks Costs Benefits Health Environment Economics Ethics Risk communication Risk assessment Risk management Participation Transparency
Publisher:Elsevier

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