CFIA: Establishment-based risk assessment model for food establishments

Why do government-types never learn to write in clear and coherent sentences?

CFIA has been evolving the way we manage risk, to further support industry’s ability to compete globally, and embracing technology to provide more efficient and responsive services.

The Establishment-based Risk Assessment (ERA) model for food establishments is a tool developed by the CFIA to evaluate food establishments based on the level of risk they represent to Canadian consumers. The ERA model uses data and a mathematical algorithm to assess the food safety risks of food establishments under CFIA jurisdiction. It takes into consideration risks associated with a specific food commodity, operation or manufacturing process, mitigation strategies implemented by the industry to control their food safety risks, as well as establishment compliance information. The ERA model will be used, along with other factors, to inform where inspectors should spend more or less time and inform program planning, in order to focus efforts on areas of highest risk.

How does the ERA model for food establishments work?

The ERA model has already garnered attention on the international stage. Indeed, scientific journals dedicated to publishing the latest research on food safety and risk analysis such as Microbial Risk AnalysisFood MicrobiologyFood Control and International Journal of Food Microbiology have published articles detailing the development steps of CFIA’s ERA model.

Yeah, and I get quoted every day, but make nothing, whereas government-types have their salary and pension and endless meetings.