Course overview

Risk Analysis in the Food Chain introduces you to the principles and practices of ensuring the safety of food across the entire breadth of the industry, including its importance to producers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers. You will explore the key components of risk analysis: risk assessment, risk management and risk communication, all building to a well-developed sense of how to identify and manage food-related risks. In order to properly appreciate the application of these tools, one key exercise will see you acting in the role of a national food control authority, investigate a real case of food risk and develop an appropriate management strategy.

As a result of completing this course, you will obtain a detailed understanding of Risk Analysis as it pertains to the food chain, and with a set of pragmatic tools that will allow you to apply these principles to your own practice. Risk analysis is a vital and vibrant discipline within the modern agrifood sector, and would, therefore, be of use to professionals from across the industry.

Contact Name for Enquiries: Cathy Crips and Craig Farrell

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Telephone Number: 0118 378 8722 or 0118 378 7746

    Learning outcomes

    On completion of this course participants should be able to:

    • Describe the key elements of risk analysis
    • Explain how risk analysis is applied to different parts of the food chain
    • Undertake risk assessment activities, identify appropriate risk management options and develop suitable risk communication strategies
    Topics covered

    Topics covered will include:

    • Risk and Risk Analysis
    • National Food Safety Control - Risk Analysis by Governments
    • Risk Assessment and the Role of Science
    • Risk Management
    • Risk Communication
    • Chemical vs Microbial Risk Analysis Methodology
    • The Role of Risk Analysis in the Food Industry
    Additional Course Information

    Introductory distance learning material provided via a virtual learning environment (VLE) will describe the key elements of risk analysis as applied to the food chain and prepare participants for the on-campus study period. The development of risk analysis is put into the context of past and current issues in the food chain (e.g. BSE/CJD and GM food). The application of risk analysis to different parts of the food chain will be considered.

    Each week throughout the course you will be provided with links to reports, journal articles and books to read. All recommended reading will be made available electronically so you can access it whilst studying at distance.

    Global context:

    Participants will investigate an actual food risk and develop an appropriate management strategy through eight weeks of distance learning delivering lectures, background information and directed reading.  Each topic will be introduced with some interactive online material and downloadable materials that will be available to the participant permanently.  There will be a series of online discussion fora and exercises.  Feedback and contributions from the module convenor or deliverer will be the main source of formative assessment.

    Upon successful completion of this module you will be awarded 10 credits, which can be used to build towards a postgraduate qualification.

    Key facts

    Course Dates
    8 Weeks online
    Entry Requirements
    Graduate level or relevant experience
    Fee info
    Discounts available for multiple bookings
    CQFW Level
    Course Provider
    University Of Reading
    Provider Reference Number
    Course Arrangements
    Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
    Course Location
    Online, University of Reading
    AFTP Cohort
    Course Logistics
    Delivered entirely online through the University of Reading's Virtual Learning Environment over an eight week period, it is suggested that material is reviewed on a weekly basis, however, participants may vary their speed of learning to suit their own requirements. The course is available to be completed for Continued Professional Development, or with the award of 10 academic credits where participants successfully complete the formative assessment requirements during and within four weeks of completing the online content.

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