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Food fortification evidence and ethics

Mark Lawrence

in Food Fortification

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199691975
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191748806 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691975.003.0002
Food fortification evidence and ethics

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Food fortification activities operate to the primary food regulation objective of protecting public health and safety. This chapter explains that in practice the objective has not been clearly defined and it takes on meaning through the use of evidential and ethical evaluative frameworks. The rules and procedures for these frameworks in a food fortification setting are described and illustrated drawing from current international approaches. Also presented is a review of theories and models of evidence- and ethics-informed policy-making. The review identifies the contested nature of what evidence is valued in the construction of the food fortification evidence base, as well as ethical justification criteria to inform policy decisions. Inevitably, evidence and ethics are value-laden and their use in food fortification activities is inherently political. The chapter explains how this information was used to guide the assessment and analysis of each of the case studies presented in this book.

Keywords: food fortification; evidence; ethics; politics; policy-making

Chapter.  10938 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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