Using Risk Analysis to Inform Microbial Food Safety Decisions


Task Force Co-chair

Sherri Dennis
Lee-Ann Jaykus

Task Force Author(s)

Dane Bernard
H. Gregg Claycamp
Daniel Gallagher
Arthur Miller
Morris Potter
Mark Powell
Donald Schaffner
Mary Alice Smith
Toby Ten Eyck

Task Force Reviewers

Michael Batz
Robert Buchanan
Leon Gorris
Susan Santos

Task Force Board Liaison

Harold Swaisgood
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Protecting the public from food safety risks, while maintaining a viable agricultural and food industry in an open society, is a daunting task.Risk analysis provides a systematic and transparent process for gathering information, estimating risks, weighing options, drawing conclusions, and communicating information to arrive at decisions that meet broad societal needs.This paper identifies and defines the components of a valid microbial risk analysis and focuses attention on risk assessment strategies, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of each. Cochairs:Lee-Ann Jaykus, North Carolina State University, and Sherri Dennis, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, College Park, Maryland.IP 31, June 2006, 20 pp., FREE. Available online ( AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).


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