The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) created a new tool to answer a key question: Which foods and contaminants are public-health priorities? Collaborating with many partners, the agency developed FDA-iRISK into an on-line system that can
1. Simultaneously rank public-health risks from multiple contaminants, in multiple foods;
2. Calculate how contamination and illness from each would change with changes in food-production practices; and
3. Do it faster, via pre-built mathematical functions and templates.
Risk models that estimate public-health outcomes of food contamination and effectiveness of interventions provide crucial information for policy and prioritization decisions. FDA-iRISK automates the time- and labor-intensive process of developing mathematical models to simulate risk and intervention in food-production chains, giving regulatory and industry decision-makers a systematic, faster way of comparing and ranking risks in the food supply and predicting best solutions.
FDA collaborated with the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Risk Sciences International, and others to make FDA-iRISK widely available, for free, including to food-exporting countries. Since its October 2012 release, the FDA-iRISK site has garnered more than 1,000 visits representing every continent. FDA-iRISK also fills the need for a systematic repository and knowledge base of risks and solutions in the global food supply.
Sherri Dennis, Food and Drug Administration
Yuhuan Chen, Food and Drug Administration
Susan Cahill, Food and Drug Administration
Anne-Marie St-Laurent, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Kyle McKillop, Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Greg Paoli, Risk Science International
Stephen Beaulieu, RTI International