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In an Ideal World

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In an Ideal World

Food Safety Assessment

In an ideal world, complete and accurate food consumption survey data would be available, compiled with full information at the individual eating event level. For every food specified in an eating event, the food brand and packaging type would also be specified. For each food brand, information would be available on concentration levels of all possible pesticides, residues, additives and nutrients. For any type of food packaging, we would have accurate information on migrated amounts of all chemicals of interest between the packaging and the food.

If this type of data was available for your region of interest, exposure assessment specialists would not be needed. It would simply be a matter of adding up the amounts of each chemical of interest appearing in the survey, and obtaining a population exposure distribution. Unfortunately, we don't live in an ideal world and we are rarely ever faced with ideal information.

Obtaining this type of ideal food consumption data mentioned above is not feasible or even possible. Food consumption surveys are expensive and time consuming to carry out, and even if all of the above information was available, it would not be accurate for long - there would always be cases of new chemicals of interest requiring that new concentration data be obtained. Ongoing development of existing chemicals gives rise to constantly changing residue levels of pesticides and contaminants in food. Natural variation in contaminant and pesticide levels occur. Amounts of domestic and foreign products available in the marketplace are constantly changing. The market share of branded products is rarely fixed, due to the competitive nature of the market and due to new brands being launched and existing brands being withdrawn from the market.

The only possibility of even getting close to the above situation would be to have a large duplicate diet program constantly in place, measuring exact residues and all other information on each food sample consumed by the sample population. Even in this case there would be uncertainty as to whether the measured values were exactly the same as the consumed values. Considering that up-to-date information would be required each time a new sample of raw produce was analysed for pesticide residues, or each time the market share of brands changed (which is continuously) - this would be a prohibitively expensive exercise.

This, of course, is not the ideal world but the much more interesting and challenging real world. CREMe specialises in handling these issues for our clients, with our state-of-the-art software service which utilises techniques that are used by the major financial institutions to manage financial risk. We will provide the rapid and reliable results that you need.

For more information on how we can help you, please contact us.

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