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Risk: food, fact and fantasy


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17:00 - 19:00



Croonian Lecture By Sir John Krebs FRS, Chairman, Food Standards Agency and University of Oxford

We all take risks, but most of the time we don't notice it. We are generally bad at judging the risks we take, and in the end for some of us this will prove fatal.

Eating, like everything else in life, isn't risk free. Is that next mouthful pure pleasure or will it give you food poisoning? Will it clog up your arteries as well as filling your stomach? In this lecture Sir John will explore how food risks are assessed and managed by government, and the boundaries between responsibility of the individual and the regulator.

In doing this he will draw on the science of risk assessment as well as our attitudes to risk, in relation to issues such as diet, organic food and BSE.