Food safety

FAO/WHO guide for application of risk analysis principles and procedures during food safety emergencies



Publication details

Number of pages: 52
Publication date: 2011
Languages: English, French, Spanish
ISBN: 978 92 4 150247 4


An essential part of the Food Safety Emergency Response (FSER) is the process of assessing the risk, making risk management decisions, and communicating risk in the face of time constraints, lack of data and knowledge gaps. While the elements for conducting a risk analysis have been documented by Codex Alimentarius (2007), the process of applying the risk analysis concept operationally during an emergency has not been addressed thoroughly.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have developed this document to support countries in applying risk analysis principles and procedures during emergencies in their own national food control systems, as risk analysis is a key component of national FSER planning.