FDA-iRISK: a Comparative Risk Assessment Tool
FDA-iRISK, a new Web-based, comparative risk assessment tool, has become available for public use. It enables users to compare and rank risks from multiple foodborne microbial and chemical hazards and to predict effectiveness of prevention and control measures. Risk managers and other stakeholders can use FDA-iRISK's estimates of public-health impact to inform food-safety policy and management decisions.
FDA-iRISK has many built-in features that allow users to conduct fully quantitative, fully probabilistic risk assessments relatively rapidly and efficiently. This peer-reviewed tool enables users to build scenarios that reflect their real-world or theoretical food-safety issues. Users may then compare risks and assess the impact of interventions, for example, or vary the data they enter to explore how changes in various practices in the food chain would affect public-health outcomes.
To access a peer-reviewed journal article on FDA-iRISK and case studies on microbial hazards, please visit:
To access FDA-iRISK and detailed instructions on how to use it, please visit:
To view an introductory webinar presented in October 2012, visit: