Some Questions About the Politics of Food Safety
1. Food Safety Policy.
á Why does food safety policy matter?
á How do we see policy?
á Technical narratives tend to reduce opportunities for democratic participation in policymaking. Are food safety issues generally conducted through technical narratives?
2. Complexities of Food Safety Policies.
á Are most of us stuck with an industrialized food system?
á What drives new developments in the business of food?
á How have we organized the regulation of food safety?
á Is there a consensus on what are the major food safety policy issues?
3. The Food Safety Act of 2010.
á Who was involved, and who was influential, in the crafting and passage of the recent Act?
á Does passage of the Act suggest there are flaws in the prevailing picture of a polarized Congress, hopelessly deadlocked?
á What are the important policy changes in the Act?
á What are the significant hurdles to successful implementation of the Act?
4. Science, Risk, and Institutions.
á Are there legal standards concerning science and risk in food safety policy?
á How is food science funded and organized?
á What are court standards on science and risk with regards to food safety?
á Are FDA scientific resources adequate for the agencyÕs responsibilities?
á Is a risk-based approach to food safety neutral with respect to political influence over policy?
5. Chemicals, Toxics, and the Power of the Unseen.
á How do chemicals and toxics enter the food supply?
á How thoroughly have we investigated likely hazardous substances in the food supply?
á Do our laws about toxics and hazardous substances (TOSCA, FIFRA, etc.) discourage the study of likely dangerous substances?
á Will the EUÕs REACH system of chemical monitoring and testing affect existing US law?
6. Organizing for Food Safety.
á What do we know about how to organize for food safety?
á How have comparable countries organized food safety policies?
á How have food industry standards, like HACCP and Codex Alimentarius, affected policy debates over the structure of a food safety system?
á Who is influential in food safety policy in the United States?