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Abstract

FIGUEIREDO, Ana Virgínia de Almeida  and  MIRANDA, Maria Spínola. Risk Analysis applied to food safety in Brazil: prospects and challenges. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2011, vol.16, n.4, pp. 2251-2262. ISSN 1413-8123.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232011000400024.

The scope of this case study is to discuss the ideas of the Brazilian Codex Alimentarius Committee (CCAB) coordinated by National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (Inmetro), with respect to the Codex Alimentarius norm on Risk Analysis (RA) applied to Food Safety. The objectives of this investigation were to identify and analyze the opinion of CCAB members on RA and to register their proposals for the application of this norm in Brazil, highlighting the local limitations and potential detected. CCAB members were found to be in favor of the Codex Alimentarius initiative of instituting an RA norm to promote the health safety of foods that circulate on the international market. There was a consensus that the Brazilian government should incorporate RA as official policy to improve the country's system of food control and leverage Brazilian food exports. They acknowledge that Brazil has the technical-scientific capacity to apply this norm, though they stressed several political and institutional limitations. The members consider RA to be a valid initiative for tackling risks in food, due to its ability to improve food safety control measures adopted by the government.

Keywords : Food safety risk analysis; Sanitary surveillance; Food safety.

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