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A Study on the Development Strategy of On-line Food Safety Information Service

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2014, 10(4), pp.71-95
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general

Song Eugene 1 Yoo, Hyun-jung 1

1충북대학교

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ABSTRACT

There has been a series of food safety accidents including the power plant explosion in Fukushima, powered milk containing melamine, and those involving GMO, MSG, and BSE in spite of the government's food safety measures, thus increasing consumer anxiety more and more. Consumers' distrust and anxiety continue on with the lack of food safety knowledge and information. It is essential to make it easy to provide and receive food safety information in order to help consumers resolve their anxiety and maintain social stability. This study thus set out to investigate the current state of and problems with food safety information provision at food safety information provision websites and smartphone apps and further the production traceability system, which is the most representative system of ICT-based food safety information, thus searching for ways to develop the online provision of food safety information. As a result, food safety information provision can ensure effectiveness along with the reduction of consumer anxiety about the harmfulness of food by devising ways to provide food safety information online, making plans to connect between on- and off-line food safety information provision, developing policies and institutions for food safety information provision on an ongoing basis, and offering risk ongoing research supports for food safety information provision. Those measures requires such a short-term effort as building a system to concentrate food safety and information at one place from all the concerned agencies dealing with food safety information. Mid-term plans include forming a partnership among the government agencies, academia, and industry, searching for ways to provide consumers with food safety information concentrated at one place in an effective manner, and implementing them. Long-term efforts include offering research supports to devise plans for ongoing food safety information provision according to the changing society, developing policies and institutions through consumer needs analysis, establishing educational institutions to develop food safety capabilities, forming a partnership among the government agencies, academia, industry, and private organizations on an ongoing basis, and enacting laws on food safety information provision.

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