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Grad Chat - January 4

Grad Chat - January 4

This week on Grad Chat:
Scott Lougheed: Environmental Studies (PhD Candidate)
supervised by Dr Myra Hird

Research Topic: Food recalls and food production waste
Overview of research: There are over 300 food recalls per year in Canada. Food is recalled when it potentially violates food safety regulations in order to prevent or contain possible harm to consumers. The type of violation can vary from minor labelling issues (e.g., the identification of potential allergins) to deadly pathogenic contamination (e.g., listeria, salmonella). Through interviews with experts, government, and industry stakeholders, the focus of my research is on how recalled food is handled after it is recalled, namely whether products are used for some other purpose, if the hazard is corrected, or if it is destroyed, as is commonly the case, and why these decisions are made. This decision-making process is far from straightforward, partly due to ambiguity over what constitutes a hazard, how certain we are of the