Risk analysis-based food safety policy: scientific factors versus socio-cultural factors

P. Rosa, F. van Knapen, F.W.A. Brom

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to illustrate the importance of socio-cultural factors in risk management and the need to incorporate these factors in a standard, internationally recognized (wto) framework. This was achieved by analysing the relevance of these factors in 3 cases
The purpose of this article is to illustrate the importance of socio-cultural factors in risk management and the need to incorporate these factors in a standard, internationally recognized (WTO) framework. This was achieved by analysing the relevance of these factors in three cases. It can be concluded that the pre-eminent role of science in food-related regulatory decisions is debatable. At a risk management level, other factors, such as cultural, social, or economic issues, are often more important than scientific advice in determining policy. There is a need for transparency at an international level as trade barriers are gradually being removed and these other factors arc becoming more apparent. Therefore it is important that all the factors implicated in the food safety policy-making process are recognized in a standard framework.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)746-753
JournalTijdschrift voor Diergeneeskunde
Volume133
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • food quality
  • food safety
  • food and nutrition controversies
  • risk factors
  • risk assessment
  • social welfare
  • food policy
  • risk management
  • science
  • france
  • milk

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