European Food Safety Authority - risk communication annual review

Wardman, Jamie and Lofstedt, Ragnar (2009) European Food Safety Authority - risk communication annual review. Technical Report. European Food Safety Authority .

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European Food Safety Authority - risk communication annual review
This research report was commissioned by the European Food Safety Authority to provide an independent review of the Authority's risk communication activities in relation to the safety of food in four cases: GMOs; BSE in goats; mercury in wild and farmed fish; semicarbazide in baby food.
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Abstract

This research report was commissioned by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to provide an independent review of the Authority's risk communication activities in relation to the safety of food in four cases: GMOs; BSE in goats; mercury in wild and farmed fish; and semicarbazide in baby food. The review first outlines the historical context to communicating food risks in Europe before setting out three fundamental principles for effectively communicating risk. These principles concern: creating appropriate risk communication channels; the credibility of communications; and the efficient delivery of decision relevant information. These principles are used to develop normative criteria against which to evaluate EFSA's risk communications for each of the four cases. The review concludes by providing a number of key recommendations to help EFSA further improve and professionalize the Authority's risk communication activities.

Item Type:Paper or Report (Technical Report)
Additional Information:This research report was commissioned by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to provide an independent review of the Authority's risk communication activities in relation to the safety of food in four cases: GMOs; BSE in goats; mercury in wild and farmed fish; and semicarbazide in baby food. The review first outlines the historical context to communicating food risks in Europe before setting out three fundamental principles for effectively communicating risk. These principles concern: creating appropriate risk communication channels; the credibility of communications; and the efficient delivery of decision relevant information. These principles are used to develop normative criteria against which to evaluate EFSA's risk communications for each of the four cases. The review concludes by providing a number of key recommendations to help EFSA further improve and professionalize the Authority's risk communication activities.
Keywords:risk communication, European Food Safety Authority, risk perception, Genetically modified organisms, BSE, Mercury, Semicarbazide, Wild fish, Farmed fish, Baby food, Goats
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P210 Public Relations
C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P990 Mass Communications and Documentation not elsewhere classified
N Business and Administrative studies > N620 Health and Safety Issues
L Social studies > L241 European Union Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:2139
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Deposited On:22 Jan 2010 12:29
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:34

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