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The site provides comment on safety issues and food policy themes with the main focus being on BSE and CJD.  There are a range of videos on food safety policy and business education.


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Glossary and External Links

 

There is a definitions page which provides a glossary of terms relevant to BSE and CJD.  There is also access to other websites for further research.  

 

Access to Other Subjects

 

The website covers themes in food policy such as nutrition; it also looks at safety decision-making including transport safety.

 

About the Website Author

 

The website author is Christopher Packham who is a writer based in North East England.  He studied Business Studies and Economics at Cardiff, Newcastle and Sunderland Universities.  

 

Food Safety Policy Needs to About More than Risk and Safety

 

There needs to be a discussion which is broader than merely a discussion of risk and safety.  Ministers and policy makers need to consider fundamental concerns over transparency and accountability in the food system. The Agricultural Minister spoke about the 'clear action of the government' as if the government can intervene on behalf of the public.  However, the public has to become more involved in decision-making and equal partner with government in making decisions.

 

Transparency and Accountability

 

In terms of transparency, the public needs access to parts of the food chain which remain hidden such as abattoirs.  The public also needs access to research laboratories where animal experimentation has been undertaken.  The food industry needs to allow such access and involvement.  It needs to allow this admittance so that it can deal with 'urban food consumers' and their disconnection from how food is produced.  The food system then needs to be accountable to the public.  Citizen's juries representing public interests, could decide which parts of the food system are allowed to operate and how they operate.  The public would then be setting standards for the industry.  This would include setting standards for research laboratories.  It is difficult to consider how the public should inform and help determine policy in practice.  However, it is clear that the  'clear action of the government' has been insufficient at dealing with public concerns.

 

Justice for Andy

 

Christopher has been working with Christine Lord whose son Andrew died of variant CJD in 2007. Christine helped to make an award winning BBC TV  documentary.  She has produced a website which is a plea for accountability over BSE and vCJD and has appeared at a parliamentary committee.  She has also discussed her campaign on BBC Radio.  

 

The Approach of the Website 

 

This website takes a circumspect approach.  This is because evidence, in this area, can be scarce and theories can be weak.  But some theories are interesting and for that reason they should not be dismissed.  For example, there is an interesting theory on the origins of BSE from 2005. 

 

A Disclaimer

 

Effort has been made to make sure of the accuracy of the information. However, no liability is accepted for any errors. For more detailed work, readers are advised to use google scholar.  This website is a place for raising ideas; it is not a source of medical advice. 

 

Comments or Suggestions

 

Please use this link to suggest improvements to the information on this website or e-mail foodsafetypolicy100 at gmail dot com

 

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