Risk Assessment is the identification, evaluation, and estimation of the levels of risk involved in a process to determine an appropriate control method.
A risk assessment is a specific requirement in food safety codes where the SQF practitioner or delegated resources perform a structured approach to identifying, evaluating, and estimating levels of risk to hazards that might be present or reasonably likely to occur in the process.
Risk assessments are the backbone to any functioning food safety management system. They are inherently part of many of the system elements of SQF. Specifically, the food safety plan, environmental monitoring program, food defense, food fraud and allergen management program all employ the use of risk assessments in determine if hazards of concern need control. The structure and approach to complete these risk assessments are usually prescribed by other sources of authority such as Codex Alimentarius or regulatory authorities.
Where there might be risk in other aspects of the food safety management system, namely the pre-requisite programs, a risk-analysis or risk assessment is specifically asked for and may or may not be related to certain circumstances. The site should have a prescribed process for completing and documenting a risk assessment. The following 3 step process is recommended:
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Updated Date: 2022/10/01