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Spatio-temporal assessment of food safety risks in Canadian food distribution systems using GIS.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22749207     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
While the value of geographic information systems (GIS) is widely applied in public health there have been comparatively few examples of applications that extend to the assessment of risks in food distribution systems. GIS can provide decision makers with strong computing platforms for spatial data management, integration, analysis, querying and visualization. The present report addresses some spatio-analyses in a complex food distribution system and defines influence areas as travel time zones generated through road network analysis on a national scale rather than on a community scale. In addition, a dynamic risk index is defined to translate a contamination event into a public health risk as time progresses. More specifically, in this research, GIS is used to map the Canadian produce distribution system, analyze accessibility to contaminated product by consumers, and estimate the level of risk associated with a contamination event over time, as illustrated in a scenario.
Leila Hashemi Beni; Sébastien Villeneuve; Denyse I Leblanc; Kevin Côté; Aamir Fazil; Ainsley Otten; Robin McKellar; Pascal Delaquis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-02-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Spatial and spatio-temporal epidemiology     Volume:  3     ISSN:  1877-5853     ISO Abbreviation:  Spat Spatiotemporal Epidemiol     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101516571     Medline TA:  Spat Spatiotemporal Epidemiol     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  215-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Crown Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Food Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 3600 Casavant Blvd. West, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada J2S 8E3.
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