World Health Organization – FSTools

RSI was contracted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations over the course of several years to develop a suite of tools to serve the needs of food regulators and the food industry globally. These tools are publicly accessible online at http://www.fstools.org/

RSI has developed several online food safety tools in partnership with the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to serve the needs of food regulators and the food industry globally. These tools include:

  • An interactive risk assessment for Cronobacter sakazakii in Powdered Infant Formula that allows users to assess the impact of different end-product sampling regimes on risk reduction and product rejection and assess the impact of control measures taken during reconstitution of powdered infant formula on risk reduction.
  • A risk management tool for the control of Campylobacter and I spp. in chicken meat that allows users to define their production-to-consumption process flow for chicken meat, investigate the impact of different steps and measures on one or both pathogens, and compute the residual risk between a baseline process flow and one applying selected interventions.
  • A microbiological sampling plan analysis tool that allows users to assess the performance of range of sampling plans to explore the impact of two- and three-class sampling plans (both presence/absence and concentration-based) in terms of the likelihood to detect and reject product not meeting the microbiological criterion, and estimate the risk reduction associated with this removal of unacceptable product from the exposure pathway.
  • A histamine sampling tool that implements selected calculations related to the sampling for histamine and give two main options to the user: Design a Plan – using the tool to explore options for number of samples and concentration thresholds given a histamine concentration limit, and Analyze a Plan – using the tool to analyze a specific plan’s performance.
  • A mycotoxin sampling tool which provides support in analyzing performance of sampling plans, and determining the most appropriate plan to meet user’s defined objectives. The user can evaluate the effect of varying sampling plan design parameters, such as sample size, on the performance of the sampling plan. Using the performance information, the user can also determine the most appropriate mycotoxin sampling plan to minimize risk of misclassifying lots considering available resources.

The tools are publicly available at www.fstools.org