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Consumer perception and understanding of risk from food.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10885108     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The study of risk perception has been punctuated with controversy, conflict and paradigm shifts. Despite more than three decades of research, understanding of risk assessment remains fragmented and incoherent. Until recently, food and eating has been viewed as a low-risk activity and perceived risk surrounded matters of hygiene or lack of food. Consequently, theories of risk have been constructed with reference to environmental and technological hazards, such as nuclear power, whilst neglecting food issues. However, following a decade of 'food scares', attention has moved towards the study of food risk. Within this, food risk research has focused almost exclusively upon attempting to explain the divergence of opinion that exists between experts and the lay public whilst neglecting to address it. The following discussion provides a brief historical overview of theories and approaches that have been applied to the study of risk perception, continues with a summary of findings derived from food risk research and concludes with a discussion of methodological issues and some projections for future research.
Authors:
B Knox
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British medical bulletin     Volume:  56     ISSN:  0007-1420     ISO Abbreviation:  Br. Med. Bull.     Publication Date:  2000  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-07-19     Completed Date:  2000-07-19     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376542     Medline TA:  Br Med Bull     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  97-109     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Northern Ireland Centre for Diet and Health, University of Ulster, Coleraine, County Londonderry, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Animals
Attitude to Health*
Cattle
Encephalopathy, Bovine Spongiform / transmission
Food / adverse effects*
Genetic Engineering / psychology
Humans
Risk Assessment

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