Check out this infographic on hazard and risk!

In All, Consumer products, Environment, Food Products, General, Multiple Views, Risk Bite Video, Science Bits by Keri Szejda

When talking about the safety of chemical ingredients in food and packaged goods, the topic of hazard and risk is something that often – and should – come up.

Hazard is the potential to cause harm.

Risk, on the other hand, has to do with the likelihood or probability of a harmful outcome actually occurring.

And this depends on exposure – how much of something you’re exposed to, how you’re exposed, how often you’re exposed, how long exposure lasts, even what form the substance is in when you’re exposed.

For a visual representation, check out this new resource from the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) explaining the difference between hazard and risk.

Want to learn more? We have another blog post on health risk and you can watch Andrew Maynard’s Risk Bites video.