Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Food Safety

  • Paul B. ThompsonEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_468

Synonyms

Introduction

The term “food safety” has come to be associated with a variety of technical and regulatory mechanisms designed to minimize the risk of morbidity and mortality associated with human consumption of food. The ethics of food safety comprises philosophical questions that arise in connection with conceptualization of risks tied to food consumption, the assignment of responsibility and liability for precautionary measures and for actualized harms, and interpretive ambiguity that occurs in the performance of regulatory standards and precautionary measures, including enforcement. More broadly, the emergence of food safety as a regulatory and conceptual paradigm is typical of the social, political, and cultural themes that define late capitalism and globalization. In this connection, contestation over the safety of food has become an element in broader forms of resistance...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA