I would be interested in this. We have had commodity risk assessments since the beginning (early 1990s) and they have gone from simple to increasingly complex. It would be great to take a look at what worked and what didn’t and make recommendations based on our collective experience.
I am a pest risk assessor with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. As one can guess from its name, this Agency (a branch of the Canadian Government) is chiefly concerned with food safety, but is also the national plant protection organization for Canada, as well as being in charge of animal health, similar to the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries as described by Melanie. I specialize in risk assessments for insect, mollusc and mite pests, and am in a team of 4 such risk assessors. Another four work on pathology risk assessments, another four on botanical (weed) risk assessments, and there is also a group that consider the risks of GMOs.