Why does Food Safety and Defense need risk science?
Food is a basic human need. Access to a safe food supply is vital to the wellbeing of everybody. However, there continue to be threats to the food supply from contamination that poses harm. This contamination includes both chemical and biological hazards. Contamination occurs naturally, can be unintentionally introduced during production and processing, or added intentionally to cause harm to consumers. Whatever the source of contamination, there are two key questions – how much harm will this cause? And what can be done to reduce that harm? The food production chain is complex, with many interconnected processes that combine to lead to our food on a plate. This complexity makes answering the key questions almost impossible without the application of quantitative modelling to describe the relationships in the food chain that determine the risks to the consumer from contaminated food.
"From farm to plate,
make food safe."
by 2015 World Health Day (World Health Organization)
RSI and Food Safety and Defense
RSI has a long history exploring risks associated with the food supply. RSI believes that sound science and robust models are key to supporting the difficult decisions that surround the food chain, including both food safety and food defense issues.
What is our expertise in Food Safety and Defense?
RSI is internationally recognised for our risk assessment work in the food sector. This includes extensive experience developing microbiological risk assessments, and chemical safety assessments, and developing models to explore the impacts of terrorist threats to the food supply from intentional adulteration. This includes a rare combination of expertise in microbiology, toxicology, statistics, computer modeling and engineering analysis, computer programming, and decision-support product development.
RSI has worked with UN FAO and WHO for over a decade supporting them in their pursuit of a safe food supply for all, and continues to provide risk assessment expertise to this important endeavour.
Our expertise spans from supporting organisations in their development of risk models through data gathering and synthesis, to the development of customised models and tools to conduct quantitative risk assessments.