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Chemical Food Safety: A Scientist's Perspective

Chemical Food Safety: A Scientist's Perspective

Jim E. Riviere

ISBN: 978-0-470-37679-9 April 2008 Wiley-Blackwell 213 Pages



Chemical Food Safety: A Scientist's Perspective introduces readers to the science of risk assessment as applied to food safety and offers relevant, current information on research and statistics, chemicals, biotechnology issues, and emerging diseases that challenge the risk assessment strategies of toxicology and microbiology.

Riviere investigates the potential health consequences of pesticides, food additives and drugs, demonstrating how science can be applied to make risk assessments. He differentiates between “real risks” and “phantom risks,” unearthing numerous fallacies in the public perception of risk assessment and evidence of people’s intolerance to certain types of risks—no matter how remote. Chemical Food Safety is based on credible, scientifically correct data rather than irrational fears propagated by media coverage concerning food safety.

The book explores these riveting topics:
*food security and the world of bioterrorism,
*toxicity of natural compounds and artificial additives in foods,
*the toxicology of pesticides in food,
*issues of biotechnology and genetically modified food,
*other compelling issues in chemical food safety.With its focus on how the results of toxicology are applied in the real world, Chemical Food Safety: A Scientist’s Perspective will be a valuable addition to the libraries of food scientists, dieticians, animal producers, veterinarians and anyone else with a professional or personal interest in risk assessment, toxicology, epidemiology or food safety.



1 Probability-The Language of Science and Change.

2. Dose Makes the Difference.

3. The Pesticide Threat.

4. Veggie and Fruit Consumption in the Age of the Centenarians.

5. Chemicals Present in Natural Foods.

6. Risk and Regulations.

7. Some Real Issues in Chemical Toxicology.

8. Milk is Good for You.

9. Biotechnology and Genetically Modified Foods: "The Invasion of the Killer Corn" or "New Veggies to the Rescue".

10. Food Security and the World of Bioterrorism.

11. The Future.

A. Toxicology Primer.

B. Selected Readings and Notes.


"This easy-to-read book focuses on how toxicology data is or should be applied to the real world of food safety. Overall, this book provides the reader with a concise overview of the subject of chemical food safety, comparing real risks with perceived risks, and unearthing numerous myths and people's intolerance to certain types of risk. It highlights the role of the scientist or toxicologist in providing a professional perspective to help the public differentiate risk. It certainly makes you think!"
BTS (British Toxilogical Society) Newsletter 2004
* general introduction to the science of risk assessment applied to food safety
* offers the most current information on new research and statistics, new chemicals, new biotechnology issues and emerging diseases such as BSE
* bridges the areas of toxicology and risk assessment by providing a thorough and balanced perspective on a variety of topics in food safety.