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Risk Assessment and Food Safety
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... Because there is no single, scientifically definable distinction between "safe" and "unsafe" exposures, risk management necessarily incorporates components of sound, practical decision making that are not addressed by the risk assessment process (NRC, 1983, 1994~. A risk assessment requires that information be organized in rather specific ways but does not require any specific scientific evaluation methods.
From page 8...
... Steps in the Risk Assessment Process The organization of risk assessment is based on a model proposed by the NRC (1983, 1994~; that model is widely used in public health and regulatory decision making. The steps of risk assessment as applied to nutrients are as follows (see also Figure 1~: · Step 1.
From page 9...
... The risk assessment contains no discussion of recommendations for reducing risk; these are the focus of risk management. Thresholds A principal feature of the risk assessment process for noncarcinogens is the long-standing acceptance that no risk of adverse effects is expected unless a threshold dose (or intake)

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