Ethical Considerations in Risk Communication

Part of the Food Microbiology and Food Safety book series (FMFS)

We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. —Aristotle

Ethical issues emerge whenever a decision or action has the potential to affect another person. Therefore, when we make decisions about communication— what to communicate to whom and when and how to communicate it—we are inevitably making ethical choices (Johanneson, 1996; Seeger, 1997). Choices related to the communication of risks almost always have important ethical implications (Cohen, 1996; Johnson, 1999). The dissemination of information about environmental pollutants, risks of using tobacco, disease risks associated with life-styles, location of some risk-related manufacturing, storage, or disposal facilities all have the potential to significantly affect people. The decisions associated with communicating information related to food marketing, production, and food borne risks are also highly significant, given the potential impact on large groups of...


Corporate Social Responsibility Stakeholder Theory Informed Choice Food Label Significant Choice 
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