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Toward Safer Food: Perspectives on Risk and Priority Setting
     

Toward Safer Food: Perspectives on Risk and Priority Setting

by Sandra Professor Hoffmann, Michael R. Professor Taylor
 

In 1998, a National Academy of Sciences panel called for an integrated, risk-based food safety system. This goal is widely embraced, but there has been little advance in thinking about how to integrate knowledge about food safety risks into a system- wide risk analysis framework. Such a framework is the essential scientific basis for better priority setting and

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In 1998, a National Academy of Sciences panel called for an integrated, risk-based food safety system. This goal is widely embraced, but there has been little advance in thinking about how to integrate knowledge about food safety risks into a system- wide risk analysis framework. Such a framework is the essential scientific basis for better priority setting and resource allocation to improve food safety. Sandra Hoffmann and Michael Taylor bring together leading scientists, risk analysts, and economists, as well as experienced regulators and policy analysts, to better define the priority setting problem and focus on the scientific and intellectual resources available to construct a risk analysis framework for improving food safety. Toward Safer Food provides a common starting point for discussions about how to construct this framework. The book includes a multi-disciplinary introduction to the existing data, research, and methodological and conceptual approaches on which a system-wide risk analysis framework must draw. It also recognizes that efforts to improve food safety will be influenced by the current institutional context, and provides an overview of the ways in which food safety law and administration affect priority setting. Hoffman and Taylor intend their book to be accessible to people from a wide variety of backgrounds. At the same time, they retain the core conceptual sophistication needed to understand the challenges that are inherent in improving food safety. The editors hope that this book will help the U.S. move beyond a call for an integrated, risk-based system toward its actual construction.

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From the Publisher
'This masterful summary of food safety science and policy is valuable for scholars, students, and concerned citizens. Since 1906, the focus of policy has shifted from addressing gross adulteration to invisible chemical and microbiological hazards that affect both public health and public confidence in the food supply. The authors give a concise survey of what is known about these risks and explain how to use risk analysis to set priorities and use resources more cost-effectively.'
Lester Lave, Carnegie Mellon Tepper School, Carnegie Mellon University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781891853906
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/10/2005
Series:
RFF Press Ser.
Edition description:
1
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Hoffman is a fellow at Resources for the Future. Prior to joining RFF, Hoffmann was on faculty at the LaFollotte Institute of Public Policy at the University of Wisconsin.

Michael R. Taylor is a senior fellow at Resources for the Future and chairs the steering committee of the Food Safety Research Consortium. He served in government as Administrator of the U.S.D.A. Food Safety and Inspection Service and as Deputy Commissioner for Policy at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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