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Jun 12, 2013 Article
Meat market reaction towards mass media and science communication on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

by Fabiano Nunes Vaz, Homero Dewes, Antônio Domingos Padula and Edson Talamini

This study assesses the correlation between reports on food risk published in scientific journals and in the printed mass media and changes in the meat market. It focuses on the case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the United Kingdom. The findings suggest that during the time BSE and its related human disease were of noticeable public concern, there was a predominantly negative correlation between the number of reports on BSE published in the British printed mass media and meat market variables. In contrast, reports of scientific research on the disease contributed to reducing the perception of food risk because these numbers correlated positively with the meat market.

Volume 12 • Issue 02 • 2013