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Title: Responding to incidents of food-borne illness: an empirical study
Author: Hyde, Richard Michael
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis is a socio-legal investigation of the response to incidents of food -borne illness. It presents the findings of a small-scale empirical research project which saw documents examined and semi -structured interviews conducted in four local authorities, and which examined a number of public documents produced in response to incidents of food-borne illness. This project sought to examine how environmental health officers responded to an incident of food -borne illness. Officers have 3 roles in response to an incident of food -borne illness; (1) they investigate the illness; (2) they take action to prevent further cases occurring; (3) they determine responsibility for the incident and take appropriate enforcement action. This thesis shows that officers prioritise taking action to prevent the spread of food -borne illness. The importance of controlling spread influences all the actions of officers. Officers need information about the people, places or products that may be contaminated with food-borne illness micro-organisms before they can take enforcement action. Obtaining information on these 'objects' of control is therefore a central part of the response to food-borne · illness. This need to obtain information leads to information gathering which means that evidence necessary to bring enforcement action is not available or admissible. This compromises the chance of bringing successful enforcement action. Other attitudes, beliefs, motivations and work practices, which influence the response to food-borne illness, are discussed. The difficulty of evidence gathering and case - building in strict liability food-borne illness cases is exposed, and methods considered aimed at reducing the difficulty of bringing successful enforcement action.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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