Food risk communication to consumers: The scare of antibiotic resistant bacteria in chicken

Øydis Ueland, Solveig Langsrud, Nina Veflen


In 2014 a food scare following a report on antibiotic resistant bacteria in chicken fillets led to a dramatic drop in sales of chicken. Actors in the food chain as well as the authorities were unprepared for the consequences of the case. The study investigated how risk communicators coped with the crisis through in-depth interviews with 14 relevant actors. The case study illustrated how delayed risk communication from authorities opened for stakeholders with contradictory views and other agendas. Further, although the risk communicators were aware of the concept of risk perception, they may not truly acknowledge the power triggering emotions.


Risk communicators; food scare; antibiotic resistant bacteria; consumer risk perception; media storm

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ISSN 1869-6945


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