S45 How Do We Measure the Effectiveness of Regulatory Food Safety Programs?

Tuesday, August 2, 2016: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
225-226 (America's Center - St. Louis)
Primary Contact: Ewen Todd
Organizer: Ewen Todd
Convenor: Ewen Todd
Over the last decade, multiple regulatory food safety programs have been implemented by various countries (e.g., FSMA). What metrics will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs once established and operating over a set time period? In the past, programs have been implanted without collecting baseline data prior to implementation; so, an accurate comparison cannot be done. These programs are costly to implement and monitor. Therefore, justification of their use by showing by how much they reduce foodborne illness is warranted. Speakers will describe metrics for measuring the effectiveness of their regulatory food safety programs including FSMA, state and local levels, third party audits, and a New Zealand perspective. However, what are the metrics that can be used to measure positive change in human behavior to prevent and control foodborne disease? In the retail sector, companies audited by third parties often mandate interventions beyond what is required by regulation, allowing a broader scope of issues to be examined. Data from third party audits will be used to compare the effectiveness of various strategies for driving the reduction in the occurrence of food safety risk factors at retail. For example, what types of corrective action requirements are most successful at improving performance? The session will close with an opportunity for audience participation.


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Key Performance Indicators for New Zealand's Food Safety System
Roger Cook, New Zealand Food Safety Authority
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