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a) The European Union (EU) has adopted the WHO/FAO Framework for Food Safety Risk Analysis.
Describe your understanding of how these entities apply this framework in practice. Please make reference to key elements of this framework, its structures, communication channels, risk assessments, and risk management decisions.
b) Microbiological Risk Assessment (MRA): Using the MRA Excel Workbook Model provided, select one food product/commodity and one microbiological pathogen (Bacterial) and conduct a risk assessment.
Refer to the supplementary guidance notes provided. Determine the risk value and uncertainty value. For each section in the MRA model, include your notes and reference sources used to determine your value. (60% of marks)
“Food safety standard certification is rapidly becoming the norm across the global food industry as the main verification tool for assuring food safety”
Critically analyze the above statement making reference to the principles of auditing, auditing schemes such as the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), regulatory changes such as the Food Safety Modernization Action (FDA FSMA) in the United States, and the competency requirements of auditors.
With reference to your Carmichael House care facility visit; a recent change of facilities manager increased emphasis on very basic elements of food safety such as temperature recording. One response of at least two of the staff was to falsify temperature records. This led to a situation where the main fridge was recorded at 6 degrees C, while actually running in excess of 10 degrees C.
Provide a critical analysis of actions you would take to address both the immediate issues and the underlying culture if you were appointed CEO of the organization. You may draw on other aspects of your experience in formulating your answer.
In view of the radical transformation of European Food Hygiene Regulations, the Codex Alimentarius no longer has any relevance to food safety in Europe.
Critically analyze the above statement.