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Food, Risk and PoliticsScare, Scandal and Crisis – Insights Into the RiskPolitics of Food Safety$
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Ed Randall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719072307

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719072307.001.0001

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Foot-and-mouth disease – who's panicking now?

Foot-and-mouth disease – who's panicking now?

(p.142) 7 Foot-and-mouth disease – who's panicking now?
Food, Risk and Politics

Ed Randall

Manchester University Press

This chapter notes that the grounds for seriously questioning the capacity of European governments to learn lessons from individual food crises have been strengthened rather than weakened by the British government's handling of the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak of 2001. Of all the European Union member states with reason to interrogate and overhaul procedures for dealing with agricultural and food-related crises, the British government might reasonably have been expected to be best equipped and best motivated to take the lead. Almost all of the evidence presented by Abigail Woods, in her A Manufactured Plague (2004a), suggests that the public authorities often display a deep reluctance to engage in root and branch reform of established practices.

Keywords:   European governments, food crisis, foot-and-mouth disease, EU member states, agriculture, British government, Abigail Woods

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