Managing food chain risks

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Award: RES-224-25-0090
Policy and Practice Note
Impact Statement
PI: Richard Shepherd, Department of Psychology, University of Surrey
Dates: 01/02/2005 - 30/07/2008
During crises such as BSE, E coli and foot and mouth disease there is often a narrow, technical response to the problem. This project incorporates the thinking and values of stakeholders into the scientific modelling of food chain risks, focusing on three contrasting case studies: pesticide residues in fruit crops, campylobacter in chickens and a mock crisis scenario. Producers, non-governmental organisations, regulators, risk managers and members of the public have been involved in defining the problem, discussing their understanding of risk and suggesting how it might be communicated most effectively.

Data created

Consumer behaviour towards food chain risks survey
Survey to quantify the impact on consumer behaviour of presenting information on food chain risk and uncertainty in different ways; using three case studies: (CS1) pesticide residues on apples and pears; (CS2) campylobacter in chickens; (CS3) a crisis scenario related to contaminated chicken feed. Data collected by postal surveys.


Data type: Quantitative
Data format: SPSS
Sample size: Case study 1: 133 parents and 188 adults. Case study 2: 139 adults. Case study 3: 214 adults.
Country: United Kingdom
Status: Data released

Publications and outputs

Thesis (4)
Multi-stakeholder participation in decision-making
C. Mohr

Risk communication in food supply chains to the public : representing dietary pesticide exposure on the web
M. Schlabitz

Evaluation of e-participation
Nan Zhang

Interactive web tool to model the food chain and its risks
C. Dain

Workshop (15)
Modeling food safety and risk assessment
Pradeep Malakar; J Baranyi; N/A Kasertsat University

Implementing public engagement in risk communication : researching knowledge of food chain risks
Angela Cassidy; John Maule; N/A University of Lausanne

Variability and uncertainty in the Campylobacter load and the corresponding risk in consumption of poultry in the UK
Pradeep Malakar; N/A 5th International Conference on Predictive Modelling in Foods; R. Chai; L.C. Gomez; Gary Barker

Food safety management and its impact on the rural economy
Gary Barker; N/A RELU Workshop "Sustainable Food Chains and Rural and Regional Development; Richard Shepherd

Participation and food chain risks : group decision and negotiation (GDN)
Simon French; Clare Bayley; N/A International Conference Karlsruhe; Nan Zhang

Network representation of disease risk from foods
Pradeep Malakar; N/A 2nd International Risk Assessment Conference on Microbial Risk Assessment: Foodborne Hazards; Gary Barker

How can personality affect the risks we take? : a closer look into food risks and consumer behaviour
Martina Petkov; Richard Shepherd; N/A Society for Risk Analysis Europe conference

Embedding decision analysis into e-participation and e-democracy
Simon French; N/A University of Graz

How will personality affect the risks you take? – a closer look into food risks and consumer behaviour
Martina Petkov; Richard Shepherd; N/A Risk Communications Conference

Introduction to microbiological risk assessment
Pradeep Malakar; N/A Chamber of Turkish Food Engineers Association (TMMOB-GMO) conference; Gary Barker

Modelling food safety : predictive microbiology, risk assessment and QMRA
Pradeep Malakar; N/A Department of Food Science and Technology, University Putra Malaysia; Gary Barker

"All we have to do is make them partners..." investigating knowledge of food chain risks
Angela Cassidy; John Maule; N/A University of Gothenburg

Use of web-based group decision support for crisis management
Nan Zhang; Simon French; N/A ISCRAM; Clare Bayley

Probabilistic modeling in food safety assessment
Pradeep Malakar; Gary Barker; N/A Kasertsat University

Food safety
Pradeep Malakar; Gary Barker; N/A UK China Workshop

Managing food chain risks, 2006-2007
R. Shepherd

Report (3)
Full research report
Richard Shepherd

Stakeholder participation in the management and communication of food chain risks
A. Liddon

Participation and e-participation : involving stakeholders in the management of food chain risks in the rural economy
Simon French; Andy Hart; John Maule; Richard Shepherd; Clare Bayley; E. Carter; Nan Zhang; Gary Barker; Christoph Mohr

Article (9)
Diet, integration and foodborne disease
Pradeep Malakar; Gary Barker

Bayesian modeling of measurement errors and pesticide concentration in dietary risk assessments
Marc Kennedy; Andy Hart

Food safety objective : an integral part of food chain modelling
Pradeep Malakar; Gary Barker

Managing food chain risks : integrating technical and stakeholder perspectives on uncertainty
Richard Shepherd; Angela Cassidy; Simon French; Gary Barker; John Maule; Andy Hart

Assessing the risk to UK children from carbendazim residues in apple products
Mel Holmes; Mark Kennedy; R. Riccio; Andy Hart

Managing food chain risks : integrating technical and stakeholder perspectives on uncertainty
Richard Shepherd; John Maule; Gary Barker; Angela Cassidy; Andy Hart; Simon French

Involving the public and stakeholders in the evaluation of food risks
Richard Shepherd

Designing a participatory process for stakeholder involvement in a societal decision
Clare Bayley; Simon French

Estimating campylobacter burden of illness from undercooking poultry products in England and Wales
Pradeep Malakar; Gary Barker

Research summary (2)
Non-technical summary
Richard Shepherd; Andy Hart; Gary Barker; Simon French

Non-technical summary


Conference paper (1)
Tools for assessing and managing food chain risks
G. Barker