This publication describeshow FSANZ uses risk analysis to manage a diverse range of food-related health risks. The risk analysis process used by FSANZ is based on the internationally accepted codex Risk Analysis Framework. The document provides a broad overview of the FSANZ process; it is not intended to provide detailed information on the approach used by FSANZ in assessing particular types of foods e.g. food contaminants or substances added to food.
To produce this work, the previous booklet The Analysis of Food-Related Health Risks was systematically reviewed and updated over the course of two years. This latest edition now includes additional information on how FSANZ undertakes a nutritional risk analysis (the assessment of both the risks and benefits of adding a certain nutritive substance to food) and how FSANZ applies the risk analysis framework to new technologies used to produce and process foods, such as irradiation, genetic modification and nanotechnology.
Other significant additions include a new section describing FSANZ's risk appetite and a new chapter comprising a number of case studies, demonstrating the practical application of the risk analysis process at FSANZ.
- Introductory chapters (pdf 442 kb) - discuss factors associated with health risks and general approaches to dealing with such risks.
- Chapter 4 (pdf 592 kb) - follows with an overview of the risk analysis framework
- Chapter 5 (pdf 1mb), Chapter 6 (pdf 771 kb) and Chapter 7 (pdf 294 kb) - examine each of the three components of the risk analysis framework (risk assessment, risk management and risk communication) in further detail.
- Chapter 8 (pdf 329 kb) comprises the above-mentioned case studies.
This document should be read in conjunction with the FSANZ science Strategy 2016-2020 which outlines how FSANZ intends to continue to enhance its scientific capabilities.