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Consumer trust, risk and food safety: a review

Lobb, A. E. (2005) Consumer trust, risk and food safety: a review. Food Economics, 2 (1). pp. 3-12. ISSN 0260-8774

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Consumers' attitudes to trust and risk are key issues in food safety research and attention needs to be focused on clearly defining a framework for analysing consumer behaviour in these terms. In order to achieve this, a detailed review of the recent literature surrounding risk, trust and the relationship between the two must be conducted. This paper aims to collate the current social sciences literature in the fields of food safety, trust and risk. It provides an insight into the economic and other modelling procedures available to measure consumers' attitudes to risk and trust in food safety and specifically notes the need for future research to concentrate on examining risk and trust as inter-related variables rather than two distinct, mutually exclusive concepts. A framework is proposed which it is hoped will assist in devising more effective research to support risk communication to consumers.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
ID Code:8839
Uncontrolled Keywords:Trust; risk, food safety, consumer behaviour, literature review

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