Food safety and consumers: constructions of choice and risk

Draper, Alizon and Green, Judith (2002) Food safety and consumers: constructions of choice and risk. Social Policy and Administration, 36 (6). pp. 610-625. ISSN 0144-5596

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This paper argues that food safety did not arise as a "new" obsession at the end of the twentieth century, but has been an intermittent object of public and policy concern over the last two hundred years in the UK. However, the nature of food policy has shifted over that period, from an orientation towards protecting a largely ignorant public from fraud, through controlling the risks potentially arising from negligence in food–handling, to informing rational consumers to enable them to "choose" the right foods. Most recently, the public have had a nominally more active role in food policy, as citizens consulted on the content of the policy agenda. Drawing on histories of food policy in the UK and social science research on consumers, this paper explores the links between the changing risks and publics addressed by British food policy.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Online ISSN 1467-9515
Subjects: University of Westminster > Science and Technology > Life Sciences, School of (No longer in use)
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Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2005
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2012 14:56

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