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Investigation of the practicability of the alternative approaches to regulating food chemical contamination. - FS1836

Objective
1.To review current knowledge regarding hazard, risk and any associated benefits posed by the presence of cadmium and aflatoxin in the food supply including prevalence, exposure, dose-response behaviour, health effects experience by susceptible and normal populations in the UK, and to explore the problems and benefits generated by such contamination within the food producing, processing and distributing industries. 2.To review in detail the current regulatory regime used to control these contaminants of food in the UK. 3.To identify in a quantitative, semi-quantitative or qualitative manner the main costs and benefits of control associated with existing regulatory policy in the UK; to identify and establish boundaries to the uncertainties encountered; and to evaluate the potential effects upon control of alternative regulatory regimes. 4.To evaluate the extent to which current practice allows a trade-off between quantitative economic and other criteria and the various measures of risk, and the effect of social factors such as public perceptions of risk. 5.To evaluate and discuss the implications of the above, including the effect of uncertainty, for current risk management policy, and to suggest practical measures for reducing uncertainty that may improve the rigour and responsiveness of food risk management in the UK. This will include the evaluation of novel regulatory philosophies for the food sector such as ALARP/ BATNEEC.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1995

To: 1997

Cost: £92,839
Contractor / Funded Organisations
East Anglia University, Environmental Sc
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