Safe food: Bacteria, biotechnology, and bioterrorism

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Abstract

"Marion Nestle, author of the critically acclaimed Food Politics, argues that ensuring safe food involves more than washing hands or cooking food to higher temperatures. It involves politics. When it comes to food safety, billions of dollars are at stake, and industry, government, and consumers collide over issues of values, economics, and political power - and not always in the public interest." "She demonstrates how powerful food industries oppose safety regulations, deny accountability, and blame consumers when something goes wrong, and how century-old laws for ensuring food safety no longer protect our food supply. She draws on three examples: microbial contamination of meat and poultry, genetically modified ingredients in supermarket products, and newly emerging hazards - bioterrorism among them. If as she says, food safety is a matter of politics, then problems of food safety require political solutions. Ensuring safe food requires government and industry to act more in the public interest, and consumers to exert democratic rights as citizens to make sure that they do." "Accessible, informed, and even-handed, Safe Food is for anyone for cares how food is produced and wants to know more about the real issues underlying today's headlines. It should be of interest to everyone who eats and wants food to be safe - from general readers to students, farmers, scientists, and anyone connected with the food industry or government."--Jacket
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationBerkeley, CA
PublisherUniversity of California Press
Number of pages350
ISBN (Print)0520232925, 0520242238, 9780520232921, 9780520242234
StatePublished - 2003

Publication series

NameCalifornia studies in food and culture
Volume5

Keywords

  • Legislation, Food
  • Voedselvergiftiging
  • Lebensmittelmikrobiologie
  • Food Contamination
  • Lebensmittelqualität
  • Gesundheitsschutz
  • Contamination des aliments
  • Food Microbiology
  • Politique alimentaire
  • Food, Genetically Modified
  • Safety
  • Food
  • Industrie alimentaire
  • Lebensmittel
  • Sécurité alimentaire
  • Bioterrorism
  • Overheidsbeleid
  • Terrorismus
  • Armes biologiques
  • Biotechnologie
  • Voedselveiligheid
  • Lebensmittelüberwachung
  • Bioterrorisme
  • Aliments
  • Sicherheit

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    Nestle, M. (2003). Safe food: Bacteria, biotechnology, and bioterrorism. (California studies in food and culture; Vol. 5). University of California Press.