Developing a Research Agenda for Existing and Emerging Food Safety Risks Dr Helen Kendall , Dr Gulbanu Kaptan, Dr Carmen Hubbard, Professor Lynn Frewer. Food and Society Group Centre for Rural Economy School of Agriculture Food and Rural Development Email: [email protected]
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Developing a Research Agenda for Existing and Emerging Food Safety RisksDr Helen Kendall, Dr Gulbanu Kaptan,Dr Carmen Hubbard, Professor Lynn Frewer
Food and Society Group
Centre for Rural Economy
School of Agriculture Food and Rural Development
Email: [email protected]
Food Security has been defined as the situation:
“when all people, at all-time have physical and economic access to sufficient and safe nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active healthy life” (FAO,1996).
‘unanticipated risks that occur accidently or naturally as well as those arising from deliberate fraud or acts of malevolence…Emerging food risks are not necessarily new risks, some have always represented a threat, but only recently been identified’ (Wentholtet al, 2010, p.1732)
‘Source of outbreak… remains a mystery as row spreads across Europe and Spain counts the cost of ban on its vegetables’ (The Guardian, 31st May 2011)
Steve Innes, Newmeadow farmer, says: "We acted in good faith”.
(BBC News, 4th August 2010)
How effective are these combined systems?
Where are gaps identifiable?
Are there associated capacity building needs?
Emerging research needs:
Evidence needed for policy development:
National/International policy gaps:
“development of international consensus regarding risk identification, risk assessment and risk management activities with respect to emerging food safety risks”
“obtain the most reliable consensus of opinion of a group of experts … by a series of intensive questionnaires interspersed with controlled opinion feedback”
(Dalkey & Helmer, 1963, p.458)
(Rowe & Wright, 1999)
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