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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781891853890
ISBN-10: 1891853899
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 22mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Resources for the Future Press (RFF Press)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Sandra Hoffmann

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.