- Project Leader: Professor Lynn Frewer
- Staff: Dr Mary Brennan
- Sponsors: EFSA (European Food Safety Authority)
- Partners: Coordinated by RIKILT - Institute of Food Safety (Wageningen, Netherlands) by Dr. R. van Gorcom, Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA, York, UK) and Newcastle University, Food and Society Group (CRE/AFRD).
EFSA RISK RANKING aims to perform a review of current methods and tools for risk ranking for prioritisation of food and feed related issues, as regarding anticipated health impact, and to perform a systematic and in-depth evaluation of the various methods/tool available, as well as to identify gaps in existing methodologies. This overall aim is broken down into the following three project objectives:·
Objective 1: Extensive literature search and data management: to perform an extensive literature search on methods for risk ranking for application in diet and health, food and feed safety, including those developed from both natural/life and socio-economic sciences, risk analysis and food safety governance, and to handle the obtained data in a proper and transparent way.·
Objective 2 (O2): Information clustering: to evaluate the identified methods/tools for their characteristics, weaknesses and strengths, data resources, fields of applications, and to group, as much as possible, the various methods/tools, based on these aspects and their functioning in several case studies.·
Objective 3 (O3): Applicability for EFSA: to critically compare all methods/tools for risk ranking, to design a conceptual framework for an overarching approach for risk ranking, and to develop recommendations for future tool development, and use by EFSA.
ERSA RISK RANKING is delivered by 6 tasks:
Preparation and submission of the draft literature search protocol
Preparation final literature search protocol
Preparation of written interim report
Completion of literature review, data management, and prototype database
Preparation of prototype database
Preparation of the provisional final report
The Food and Society Group at Newcastle University (CRE/AFRD) are one of three European partners to collaborate on the EFSA RISK RANKING project; the consortium includes representation from RIKILT (Wageningen, Netherlands) and the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA, York, UK) and the Food and Society Group at Newcastle University (CRE/AFRD).