Consumer Response to a New Food Safety Issue: Food Terrorism

Jean Kinsey, Thomas F Stinson, Dennis Degeneffe, Koel Ghosh, Frank Busta

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Abstract

Consumers generally consider their food supply to be safe, something they take for granted in most countries. If their food were to be contaminated deliberately, it would be considered a great loss. Being harmed by eating food deliberately contaminated is an involuntary risk and therefore more fearsome than a risk taken voluntarily. Consumers in the United States in 2005 would allocate 13% more total dollars to defending the food system than the airline system against terrorist attacks. Based on current spending by the U.S. federal government to protect airline travel, this implies that $5.65 billion should be spent to protect the food system compared to the $93 million allocated to protect the food supply chain in the federal budget year 2007. Private companies are increasing their expenditures and vigilance related to food defense as well. In deciding how to defend the food system and to recover after a potential attack, understanding the preferences and behavior of consumers is important.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGlobal Issues in Food Science and Technology
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages145-161
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9780123741240
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was conducted at The Food Industry Center, University of Minnesota. This research was supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Grant number N-00014-04-1-0659), through a grant awarded to the National Center for Food Protection and Defense at the University of Minnesota. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not represent the policy or position of the Department of Homeland Security.

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