Monday, August 6, 2012

Microbial Risk Assessment (MRA) Guideline

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced the release of the Microbial Risk Assessment (MRA) Guideline. This new MRA Guideline lays out an approach to conducting assessments of the risks posed by pathogens in food and water. Pathogens ingested in food and water can result in acute gastrointestinal-related illnesses; some gastrointestinal-related illnesses can result in long-term and permanent health effects as well as premature death. This new guideline will improve the quality of the data collected by public health scientists charged with protecting Americans from pathogen-related risks in food and water.

Formal risk assessments for food, water, and environmentally-relevant chemicals have been undertaken for decades. However, an overarching microbial risk assessment guideline has not been available until now. The guideline announced today meets this need by providing comprehensive, yet specific and descriptive information for developing assessments of microbial risk in food and water.

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