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A comparative study of stakeholder risk perception and risk communication in Europe: A bovine spongiform encephalopathy case study

Abstract : The 'Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE) Roadmap' was published by the European Commission on 15 July 2005. The TSE Roadmap proposes the relaxation of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) measures in the short, medium and long term. According to the Roadmap, any relaxation of BSE measures following the scientific assessment should be initiated by an open discussion with all stakeholders and supported by a strong communication strategy. This paper discusses the risk perception, risk communication and risk management of TSEs in Europe, exemplified by the TSE Roadmap. The main conclusion is that in general, BSE is no longer a 'hot' topic for stakeholders, but there are slight differences between countries with respect to specific measures. Another important conclusion is that the TSE Roadmap is a very effective tool for risk communication with stakeholders.
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Wim van Wassenhove, Kerstin Dressel, Alice Perazzini, Giuseppe Ru. A comparative study of stakeholder risk perception and risk communication in Europe: A bovine spongiform encephalopathy case study. Journal of Risk Research, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2012, 15 (6), p. 565-582. ⟨10.1080/13669877.2011.646290⟩. ⟨hal-00709647⟩

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