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Richard A. Goodman, Richard E. Hoffman, Wilfredo Lopez, Gene W. Matthews, Mark Rothstein, and Karen Foster

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195301489

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301489.001.0001

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Control of Foodborne Diseases

Control of Foodborne Diseases

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(p.361) Chapter 15 CONTROL OF FOODBORNE DISEASES
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Law in Public Health Practice
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Leslie Kux

Jeremy Sobel

Kevin M. Fain

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301489.003.0015

This chapter discusses legal and policy interventions for food safety. Topics covered include legal authorities, legal issues and controversies, public health practice considerations, and emerging issues. Public health and food-safety regulatory agencies face many challenges in ensuring the safety and security of the U.S. food supply. The emergence of new pathogens and sources of transmission, the rapidly changing practices for food production and distribution, the practical difficulties in responding to foodborne disease outbreaks, and the concern about the possibility of deliberate contamination of food are issues that federal, state, and local government agencies must address in protecting the public health. As food-safety challenges evolve, so must agencies' legal authorities, along with their scientific and administrative capabilities.

Keywords:   public health practice, legal issues, food safety, public health law, health policy

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