Saturday, January 31, 2009

Draft Risk Assessment for Avian Influenza in Food

The Draft Interagency Risk Assessment for the Public Health Impact of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus (HPAIV) in Poultry, Shell Eggs, and Egg Products is available here. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is requesting public comment on the draft quantitative food safety risk assessment.

The purpose of this risk assessment is to: (1) Estimate the public health impact from human exposure to HPAI virus through the consumption of

contaminated poultry products, shell eggs, and egg products, and (2) evaluate the relative effectiveness of strategies to reduce or prevent exposure to HPAI virus from the consumption of poultry meat, shell eggs, and egg products. Submit written comments by February 2, 2009. More information is available in Federal Register Notice (Dec 2008) Docket No. FSIS-2007-0001.

Information on the Risk Assessments for Avian Influenza, BSE, E. coli O157:H7, Poultry Slaughter Inspection, Ready-to-Eat Meat & Poultry Products, Risk-Based Sampling Algorithms, and Shell Eggs & Egg Products are available here.

Additional risk assessment links are available at FoodRisk.ORG, which is a clearinghouse for risk analysis professionals. The site provides data, tutorials, tools and links to numerous resources, including a list of future research needs identified by FSIS and FDA food safety risk assessments.

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