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Attitude of a group of Belgian stakeholders towards proposed agricultural countermeasures after a radioactive contamination: synthesis of the discussions within the Belgian EC-FARMING group.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15961199     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In the case of radioactive contamination of the environment with an impact on the food chain, the remediation strategy will not only be based on scientific knowledge and technical experience, but will also be dictated by peculiarities of the country. These characteristics include the agro-industrial structure, the local and international economical contexts and the political configuration including the distribution of responsibilities and competencies. This paper identifies and illustrates the most relevant characteristics of the Belgian agricultural system and political environment; it also describes the past experience with food chain contamination, which is expected to influence the attitude of Belgian stakeholders, who would be involved in the setting up of countermeasure strategies for maintaining agricultural production and food safety. The picture drawn explains why several countermeasures aiming to reduce the contamination in food products, although scientifically sound and technically feasible, are hardly acceptable or even not acceptable at all, to the stakeholders.
C M Vandecasteele; F Hardeman; O Pauwels; M Bernaerts; B Carlé; L Sombré
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of environmental radioactivity     Volume:  83     ISSN:  0265-931X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Environ Radioact     Publication Date:  2005  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-07-04     Completed Date:  2006-01-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8508119     Medline TA:  J Environ Radioact     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  319-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
FANC, Ravenstein Street 36, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Abattoirs / standards,  statistics & numerical data
Decision Support Systems, Management / organization & administration,  trends
Decontamination / methods
Food Contamination, Radioactive / prevention & control*
Food Supply*
Program Evaluation*
Public Health
Public Policy
Safety Management / organization & administration,  trends

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