Bisphenol A (BPA)-based plastic is clear and tough, and is used to make a variety of common consumer goods.The controversy surrounding the potential health effects of BPA has recently spread from the scientific arena to mass mediated public debate.
On 28 November, 2008, contaminated animal feed fed to pig farms led to the detection of high levels of dioxins in routine testing of Irish pork. It was then confirmed that the presence of dioxins was as high as 200 times the European Union (EU) recommended limit for food safety concerns.
Two incidents involving dioxin contamination of food led to crises in Belgium and the Republic of Ireland in 1999 and 2008, respectively. Analysis of the management of the two crises by their respective federal governments led to the development of an effective crisis management model.
The UK Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) salt campaign may have successfully reduced salt intakes by about 10% by raising public awareness of salt as a public health issue and encouraging product reformulation.