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Food Risk Assessment from the Specialist

Control risks and costs in global commodity trading

Network in 100+ countries

HACCP in the entire food supply chain

Inspection and audits of companies, warehouses & suppliers

Your specialist for food risk assessment is Thomas Unger

What significance does food risk assessment have for you?

Risk assessment is part of the European Basic Regulation for Food Safety (Regulation (EC) 178/2002). The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in the USA and all GFSI recognized food safety standards have also implemented this principle.

Only by assessing the risks of your products in advance can you identify potential dangers to food safety and quality in the interests of product and consumer protection at an early stage.

How do we assess hazards and risks along the value chain for food?

Potential risks must be identified, evaluated and recognised in good time in order to ensure the safety and quality of your products and to comply with legal requirements. We help you to do this.
With a holistic approach, we consider all relevant aspects of global commodity trade – from raw materials, suppliers and food companies to processes. We offer you a strong international network and long-term contacts with decades of experience in food safety throughout the entire project cycle.

How does risk assessment work in the food chain?

Risk assessment is an essential part of prevention in the areas of HACCP, food fraud and food defence. It is usually a scientific process in four steps:
1

Hazard identification

Determination of the possible causes of potentially harmful and quality-relevant hazards in relation to product and origin, as well as use and storage
2

Hazard characterisation

Definition and characterisation of the nature of the hazard and its dependence on impact and dose, based on scientific publications and statistics
3

Exposure estimation

Determination of the probability of occurrence of the identified hazard
4

Risk characterisation

Assessment and description of the risks posed by the identified hazards to the product, consumers and business operators

How are hazards and risks defined?

Biological hazards

Pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses and parasites or allergens

Chemical hazards

Natural contaminants, such as plant toxins, process and environmental contaminants or undeclared ingredients

Physical hazards

Foreign bodies occurring in the food, such as glass, metal, stones, etc.

The probability of damage caused by one of these hazards is referred to as the risk. The food risk assessment calculates this risk on the basis of the individual hazard (e.g. a germ or a foreign body) and exposure, i.e. the extent to which the consumer comes into contact with this hazard.

What principles are used in food risk assessment?

Risk assessments of food must be carried out independently, objectively and transparently on the basis of available scientific information and data, as stated in the European Basic Regulation for Food Safety.
For this purpose, existing findings and studies are used, as well as evaluations of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and other comparable institutions. In addition, rapid alert systems provide important information.
We support you in fulfilling your duty of care and help you to comply with legal requirements – with a well-founded food risk assessment along the supply chain you strengthen the safety of your products and consumer protection.

nuTIQ services complementary to risk assessment

The safety, quality and hygiene of your food must be guaranteed throughout the entire value chain. Everyone involved is responsible for this and requires appropriate control mechanisms – from cultivation to processing and trade.

We support you in fulfilling your duty of care and offer you, in addition to risk assessment, other important tools to help you meet your challenges. The focus is always on the product that you want to offer your customers.

Sampling and inspections in more than 100 countries

With our global network of partners, we offer risk-based sampling for food products and raw materials of all kinds, as well as the inspection of production facilities and warehouses in food companies – our integrated approach means that we include both product and origin in this. Based on the risk assessment, we recommend suitable sampling methods and inspection scopes.
Food Sampling (Corn)
Food Testing (Laboratory Insight)

Food analysis - accredited quality throughout Germany

Strengthen your quality management and increase safety for your consumers: our food analysis services cover the entire process from sampling, through the analysis of your samples, to the test report. nuTIQ is a member of the GBA Group giving you access to the entire network of our laboratories and experts. Your benefit: fast, reliable transport and on-time processing.

Supplier audits - more transparency, stronger relationships

You need a comprehensive, standardized process for listing and approving suppliers. We will carry out the necessary audits for you – with the help of our network of experts at all stages of the food supply chain. We work with a scalable questionnaire in a modular design. Your benefit: further development and additional questions can be taken into account (e.g. on social standards or sustainability).

Supplier Audits (worldwide)
HACCP Concept (Production)

HACCP (hazard analysis and critical control points)

With HACCP you have a systematic process at hand to identify, evaluate and control significant health hazards from food. An HACCP concept is an important tool for ensuring food safety and applies to all companies in the food industry. We support you in setting up and maintaining your concept – tailored to the individual needs of your company.

Your Specialist for Risk Assesment and Risk Management

"During my career in food safety business it is getting more and more difficult for international trade and production of food items to have an overview about the different international food safety legislation. With founding the nuTIQ GmBH my aim is to provide integrated services with a worldwide network to ensure global commodity trade."
Foto: Thomas Unger - Managing Director
Thomas Unger
Managing Director
Talk to Thomas at +49 40 241 827 10 or