Palisade’s technology has been busy overseas, helping to keep millions of people safer from food and pollutant contamination; The Shanghai Food and Drug Administration monitors the safety of the production, circulation and consumption of food, drugs, health supplements and cosmetics for Shanghai, a city with over 20 million residents. Since 2007, the Shanghai FDA has been using Palisade’s @RISK software for risk and decision analysis to monitor contaminants and assess food safety risk in food service. Tian Mingsheng, Inspector and Chief Physician of the Shanghai FDA, explained in a recent case study how @RISK has benefited Shanghai’s food supply.
@RISK has helped the Shanghai FDA carry out exposure assessments of chemical and biological contaminates, as well as analyzing surveys of data on residents’ expenditure on various foods. Overall, the software “has played an indispensable role in the efficient development of food safety monitoring at the Administration, helping guarantee the safety of the food Shanghai residents consume,” writes Mighsheng.
Prior to using @RISK, the Shanghai the FDA relied on mean averages to calculate average risk exposure, which didn’t allow for accurate, quantitative exposure assessments for sensitive groups or highly exposed populations, leaving no way to describe the formation and development trends behind a risk. It also hampered the formulation of effective countermeasures to protect these sensitive groups. Thus, there was an urgent need for effective risk evaluation and assessment software.
In 2007 the Shanghai FDA decided to try Palisade’s @RISK software to tackle these issues. The results were excellent: a nitrite contamination risk assessment for cooked meats, cadmium contamination exposure assessments, a vomitoxin risk assessment for wheat products and a risk assessment for bacillus cereus contamination in rice, completely overcoming previous setbacks. The Administration also carried out analyses on vibrio parahaemolyticus contamination in seafood and listeria contamination in refrigerated ready-to-eat meals with excellent results to make effective, needed risk management recommendations.
Mingsheng says, “with @RISK, the Shanghai FDA has been able to eliminate its old-fashioned, backward risk assessment and evaluation methods, and find patterns even at the micro level, finding, for example, patterns and risks in chemical and biological contamination, with important implications for maintaining food safety for Shanghai residents.”
Read the full case study here.