Food Safety And Risk Analysis Essay

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This risk assessment has been conducted as a part of the course requirement for Eco. 330. 01- Food Safety/Risk Analysis to explore the level of concern surrounding caffeine consumption by 18 to 23-year-old female college students. Using convenience sampling techniques to gather initial data, 50 data sets on caffeine consumption were collected on four categories of caffeinated beverages: coffee, energy drinks, soft drinks and everything else. Furthermore, the Palisade Decision Tools Suite’s Risk 7.5 software was used to process the data to conduct 1 simulation comprising of 1000 iterations, using the Latin Hypercube type of sampling, of which the results were used to arrive at a conclusion regarding the research question: “What is the probability that a typical 18 to 23-year-old female college student is consuming caffeine at unsafe levels?”
Findings from this study suggests a typical 18 to 23-year-old female college student is 19.9% likely to consume caffeine at unsafe levels (> 400 mg of caffeine per day), hence susceptible to adverse health effects outlined in detail in this paper. Unfortunately, the findings of this research are not generalizable to the entire population of 18 to 23-year-old female college students as the sample is not representative of the entire population due to the sampling methods used to define the distributions.

Introduction
Since 1958, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has regulated caffeine as an ingredient in food (Rosenfeld
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