Food Safety Risk Assessment

13-12-2020 - 17-12-2020 3300 Dubai

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the fundamental reasons for doing risk analysis
  • Identify key developments in the role of risk assessment in international food safety
  • Define what screening and ranking tools are
  • Rank a list of pathogens
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the wide range of formal definitions of risk assessment and list the steps of the Codex risk assessment definition
  • Build a simple event tree
  • Differentiate variability and uncertainty in risk assessment
  • List and discuss the steps in the basic approach to food safety assessment
  • List and define the steps of the Red Book paradigm
  • Identify at least three kinds of uncertainty that can be present in a risk assessment
  • Discuss the significance of uncertainty and variability to the risk assessor
  • Discuss the significance of uncertainty and variability to the risk manager
  • Discuss the role of probability in quantitative risk assessment
  • Identify several of the more frequently used probability distributions in risk assessment
  • Describe the differences between chemical and microbial risk assessment
  • Identify aspects of bioterrorist risk assessment that distinguishes it from other risk assessments
  • Outline the conduct of a whole food risk assessment



Who Should Attend?


Anyone working in a food manufacturing setting where food is being prepared, cooked and handled.


Course Outline:


Context of Food Safety Risk Assessment

  • Historical Development
  • Tolerable Risk
  • International Food Safety
  • Communication with Decision Makers
  • Formal Definitions

The Risk Assessor’s Toolbox

  • Screening and Ranking Tools
  • Generic Processes
  • Probabilistic Scenario Analysis
  • Bayesian Methods
  • Red Book Paradigm
  • Monte Carlo Analysis


  • Food Additives
  • Microbial Risks
  • Food Security
  • Biotechnology
  • Food Contaminants


  • Dealing with Variability and Uncertainty
  • Hazard Identification
  • Dose-response
  • Risk Characterization
  • Common Probability Distributions



Course Fees:


this rate includes participant’s manual, Hands-Outs, buffet lunch, coffee/tea on arrival, morning & afternoon of each day.




Course Methodology:


  • Based on case studies (30%); Techniques (30%); Concepts (10%) and Role Play (30%)
  • Pre-test and Pro-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Small Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation


Course Timings:


Daily Course Timings:

08:30 - 08:50       Morning Coffee / Tea

08:50 - 10:20       First Session

10:20 –10:40       Coffee / Tea / Snacks

10:40 - 12:20       Second Session

12:20 - 12:40       Coffee / Tea / Snacks

12:40 - 14:30       Last Session

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