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Nutritional Risk Assessment: Perspectives, Methods, and Data Challenges, Workshop Summary.


Institute of Medicine (US) Food Forum.


Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2007.
The National Academies Collection: Reports funded by National Institutes of Health.


Risk assessment methods and their applications in food and nutrition have evolved considerably over the last 20 years. Concurrently, there have been important developments in approaches to assessing data sets, in statistical techniques, and in the fields of genetics, genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics. Many of these developments provide insights into how food affects human health. Risk assessment applications now occur in areas that originally were not considered to be in the risk assessment realm. Among these are applications of risk assessment to the microbiological safety of foods and human nutrition. This workshop was designed to bring together experts from many fields to consider what has been learned about the application of risk assessment to various food- and nutrition-related problems, to discuss the strengths and challenges in using risk assessment methods to inform the setting of dietary and nutritional recommendations and other forms of decision making, and to suggest next steps for making progress in these areas.

Copyright © 2007, National Academy of Sciences.

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