Risk assessment for Clostridium botulinum: a network approach

Barker, Gary C., Talbot, Nicola L. C. and Peck, Mike W. (2002) Risk assessment for Clostridium botulinum: a network approach. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 50 (3-4). pp. 167-175. ISSN 0964-8305

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The construction and implementation of a mathematical framework for the representation of the hazards that arise from Clostridium botulinum growth, and toxin production, in food are described. Botulism has been recognised as a serious foodborne illness for over a century and, more recently, has become the subject of increased concern due to changing processing and consumption patterns associated with foods. In this respect quantitative risk assessment has an increasingly important role to play in assisting risk management and ensuring the safety of minimally processed foods and foods with extended shelf life. Bayesian Belief Networks are a type of expert system that integrates a graphical, flow diagram like, representation of a hazard domain with a powerful technique for combining probabilities. This technique facilitates the accumulation of understanding and experience, for particular hazard domains, into computer tools that can be used to inspect risks and account for decisions. Analysis of the hazards associated with foodborne botulism involves Belief Network components that represent contamination processes, thermal death kinetics for spores, germination and growth of cells, toxin production and patterns of consumer behaviour, etc. These developments are discussed and three important aspects of the food safety information supply, complexity, dependency and uncertainty highlighted. The benefits associated with a Bayesian view of food safety assessment are illustrated by a Belief Network representation which supports, and prioritises, decisions and actions that (a) minimise the chances and extent of detrimental events and (b) maximise opportunities for awareness and control.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 12 - responsible consumption and production ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/responsible_consumption_and_production
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Computing Sciences

Depositing User: Nicola Talbot
Date Deposited: 08 May 2011 12:49
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 01:36
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/29995
DOI: 10.1016/S0964-8305(02)00083-5

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