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Establishment-based Risk Assessment models

The mandate of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is to safeguard food, animal, and plant health, thereby contributing to the health and well-being of Canadians, the environment, and the economy. To further improve the delivery of its mandate, and in a world of changing risks, innovation and new technologies, the CFIA is adapting to be more efficient.

Risk based decision making is at the core of the Agency's everyday work. The way we manage risk, will further support industry's ability to compete globally and by embracing new technology, will provide more efficient and responsive services.

Establishment-based Risk Assessment (ERA) models were developed by the CFIA to help prioritize our inspection activities in federally regulated establishments. These models use data and mathematical algorithms to evaluate establishments, in terms of the level of food safety and/or animal health risks. They will help identify areas of higher risk and inform where inspectors should be spending more time.

CFIA will review and update the ERA models on an ongoing basis, using science, technology, and risk assessment approaches. The models are designed to adapt quickly to emerging global and scientific trends, new risks and changes within establishments.

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