Regulating in a Radioactive World: the FDA and Radionuclide Contamination

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Regulating in a Radioactive World: the FDA and Radionuclide Contamination

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dc.contributor.advisor Peter Hutt en_US
dc.contributor.author Ben-Asher, Justin
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-19T21:51:34Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Justin Ben-Asher, Regulating in a Radioactive World: the FDA and Radionuclide Contamination (May 2011) en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:8789611
dc.description.abstract This paper traces the historical development of FDA regulation of radionuclide contamination of food, a subject that received surprisingly scant attention in the legal literature. As the agency has remolded its policies in response to successive crises, it has had to be particularly mindful of the public relations implications of its actions, given the fears surrounding nuclear radiation. This paper argues that in light of the unique challenges posed by radionuclide contamination—namely, the persistent scientific uncertainty about the effects of radiation, and the cognitive biases that lead the public to overestimate the risks involved—the FDA should seek to better coordinate its radiation contamination policy with other agencies, and, more controversially, develop a policy of greater circumspection in release of information to the public. en_US
dash.license LAA
dc.subject food>>environmental contaminants en_US
dc.subject.other Food and Drug Law en_US
dc.title Regulating in a Radioactive World: the FDA and Radionuclide Contamination en_US
dc.type Paper (for course/seminar/workshop) en_US
dc.date.available 2012-05-19T21:51:34Z

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