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Ranking the Risks: The 10 Pathogen-Food Combinations

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Ranking the Risks: The 10 Pathogen-Food Combinations

Michael Batz is a researcher and head of food safety programs at the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida, as well as the executive director of the Food Safety Research Consortium, a multidisciplinary collaboration between seven research universities focusing on improving food safety policy. His research focus is on tools and analyses to support more data-driven, risk-based regulatory and public health decision making. He was formerly at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and at Resources for the Future, a Washington DC based think tank. Mr. Batz has a Masters and an undergraduate degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

This study quantifies the public health impact of fourteen major foodborne pathogens across the food supply, and ranks pathogen-food pairings to identify the most significant microbiological hazards in food. This risk ranking (or comparative risk assessment) provides vital information in a time of limited budgets and supports a more scientific, risk-based approach to priority setting and resource allocation

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Michael Batz
UF Emerging Pathogens Institute
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