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The Food Handling Practices Model (FHPM)
In September of 2007, the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) contracted with Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG) to update its Food Handling Practices Model (FHPM) originally developed by RTI International. The model allows the FDA to estimate the effects of various retail and household practices on the incidence of foodborne illness (FBI).
FDA Labeling Cost Model
FDA contracted with (Research Triangle Institute) RTI to update RTI's 1990 labeling cost model to make the model more relevant for the types of analyses currently conducted by FDA. This report provides background information on the process of changing the labeling information on food packaging, a description of the revised cost estimates used in the model, a description of the underlying assumptions and calculations used in developing the model, and instructions for working with the model to obtain specific cost estimates.
Cost of Reformulating Foods and Cosmetics
Foods and cosmetics are examples of regulated products which are sometimes reformulated in response to changes in the marketplace or regulatory environment. RTI and the Economics Team at the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) produced this model, based on the earlier labeling cost model, to help estimate the costs incurred in reformulation due to changes in regulations. The report provides information on the process of reformulation and a description of the underlying assumptions and calculations used in developing the model
Improved swift Quantitative Microbiological Risk Assessment (sQMRA) methodology
We developed an improved simplified Quantitative Microbiological Risk Assessment (QMRA) model and tool with reduced data need, applicable to any pathogen - food product combination and in addition suitable for basic QMRA education. The swift QMRA (sQMRA2) – model follows pathogen numbers through part of the food chain, starting at the retail phase, and ends with the estimated number of human cases of illness.