What is Risk Communication?
Risk communication, together with risk assessment and risk management forms the risk analysis framework central to contemporary food safety control. According to Codex Alimentarius Commission, “Risk Communication” refers to the interactive exchange of information and opinions throughout the risk analysis process concerning hazards and risks, risk-related factors and risk perceptions, among risk assessors, risk managers, consumers, industry, the academic community and other interested parties, including the explanation of risk assessment findings and the basis of risk management decisions.
Risk Communication at the Centre for Food Safety
The Centre for Food Safety has set up committees and forums, namely, the Expert Committee of Food Safety, Trade Consultation Forum and the Consumer Liaison Group, to facilitate regular risk communications with experts, academics, members of the food trade and industry, consumers and the public. The Risk Communication Section at the Centre for Food Safety operates through supporting these regular communication forums, organizing various forms of events and functions, producing publications and various forms of training and community resource materials, and conducting other communication activities for building up and maintaining a trusting and constructive tripartite relationship with the public and the trade. In addition, the Section dedicates to promoting principles of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) to the trade for development of proactive food safety assurance systems. Food Safety Charter, established in 2008, aims to further enhance the trade’s participation in contributing to food safety. For members of both the trade and the public, the Communication Resource Unit (CRU) operates under the Risk Communication Section provides first point of contact for experiencing food safety control in Hong Kong through the multiresource library as well as the assistance of our committed staff.
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