Regulating Food-Borne Illness

Investigation, Control and Enforcement

By Richard Hyde

When faced with tackling food-borne illnesses, regulators have a number of competing goals. First, they must investigate in order to discover the source of the illness. Once the source is identified, they must take action to prevent further cases of illness occurring. Finally, once the illness is under control, they may wish to take enforcement action against those responsible. Regulating Food-Borne Illness uses interviews and documentary analysis to examine the actions of regulators and considers how they balance these three tasks. Central to the regulators' role is the collection of information. Without information about the source, control, or enforcement, action cannot be taken. Investigation must therefore take place to produce the necessary information. Utilizing theoretical frameworks drawn from regulation and bio-security, the book shows that control is prioritized, and that investigatory steps are chosen in order to ensure that the information necessary for control, rather than enforcement, is collected. This has the effect of reducing the possibility that enforcement action can be taken. The difficulty of evidence gathering and case-building in food-borne illness cases is exposed, and the book considers the methods aimed at reducing the difficulty of bringing successful enforcement action. [Subject: Food Law, Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Medical Law/Ethics, Socio-Legal Studies]

Publication Date: 10/22/2015
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781849466738