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Dioxin – scares without borders

Ed Randall

in Food, Risk and Politics

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780719072307
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702918 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719072307.003.0006
Dioxin – scares without borders

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This chapter deals with the contamination of animal feed with dioxin and other persistent and harmful chemicals that can accumulate in the human body. The strength of the public's reaction to news that food supplies had been contaminated, the political consequences of that news, the amplification of public anxiety about exposure to contaminated food products within Belgium and around the world, and the willingness of governments and international authorities, outside of Belgium and on the basis of quite limited information, to criticise the Belgian authorities, makes the dioxin crisis a particularly instructive and interesting case study.

Keywords: animal feed; dioxin; food contamination; Belgium

Chapter.  12613 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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