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New Microbial Risk Assessment Guidelines water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service have released the first-ever Microbial Risk Assessment (MRA) Guideline. This new guideline lays out an overarching approach to conducting meaningful assessments of the risks to Americans posed by pathogens in food and water. Ingesting pathogens can result in acute gastrointestinal-related illnesses. Some gastrointestinal illnesses can result in long-term and permanent health effects or even death.

The new guideline will improve the quality of the data collected by public health scientists. “This guidance contributes significantly to improving the quality and consistency of microbial risk assessments, and provides greater transparency to stakeholders and other interested parties in how federal agencies approach and conduct their microbial risk assessments,” said Dr. Glenn Paulson, USEPA Science Advisor.

Formal risk assessments for food, water, and environmentally-relevant chemicals have already been underway for decades. However, the new microbial risk assessment guideline provides more comprehensive information for developing assessments of microbial risk in food and water.

To read the entire Microbial Risk Assessment Guideline, click here.

 

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