Regulating Food-borne Illness: Investigation, Control and Enforcement by Richard Hyde
When faced with food-borne diseases, organizers have a number of competing goals. They must investigate in order to discover the source of the disease. Once identified, they must take action…
Regulating Food synopsis
When faced with food-borne diseases, organizers have a number of competing goals. They must investigate in order to discover the source of the disease.
Once identified, they must take action to prevent further cases of disease. Finally, once controlling the disease, they may wish to take enforcement action against officials.
The organization of foodborne diseases uses interviews and documentary analysis to examine actions taken by regulators and examines how to balance these three tasks. Central to the role of regulators is the collection of information.
Without source information, control or enforcement can not be taken. Investigations should therefore be conducted to produce the necessary information.
Using theoretical frameworks derived from regulation and biosecurity, the regulation of food borne diseases shows that control is prioritized, and that screening steps are chosen to ensure that the information needed for control is collected rather than imposed. This has the effect of limiting the possibility of enforcement action.
The difficulty of gathering evidence and building cases in food-borne diseases is evident, and the author believes that methods are designed to reduce the difficulty of successful enforcement actions.
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