Public information requirements on health risk of mercury in fish (1): Perception and knowledge of the public about food safety and the risk of mercury

M. Kosugi, H. Kubota

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Abstract

A web survey investigating attitudes toward food safety, the public's risk perception of mercury in fish, and knowledge of the risk of mercury to the fetuses associated with the consumption of specific species of fish was conducted. The survey was conducted in March 2007, and there were 2,109 respondents for a response rate was 43.5%. Results showed that: 1) respondents were sensitive to food safety, but they were not necessarily knowledgeable regarding management of food risk, 2) the perceived risk to human health concerning 'mercury in seafood' was high, especially the risk to fetuses, and 3) there were three possible interpretations: respondents knew the risk of low-level mercury exposure to fetuses, associate mercury found in fish only with the 'Minamata' disease, and respondents knew both of the risk of low-level and high-level mercury exposure. These results suggest the necessity to clarify the public's ideas, knowledge, and the relationship between these two in more detail.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSafety, Reliability and Risk Analysis
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Methods and Applications - Proceedings of the Joint ESREL and SRA-Europe Conference
Pages2305-2309
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
EventJoint ESREL (European Safety and Reliability) and SRA-Europe (Society for Risk Analysis Europe) Conference - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 2008 Sep 222008 Sep 25

Publication series

NameSafety, Reliability and Risk Analysis: Theory, Methods and Applications - Proceedings of the Joint ESREL and SRA-Europe Conference
Volume3

Conference

ConferenceJoint ESREL (European Safety and Reliability) and SRA-Europe (Society for Risk Analysis Europe) Conference
CountrySpain
CityValencia
Period08/9/2208/9/25

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Safety Research

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