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'When food kills': a socio-technical systems analysis of the UK Pennington 1996 and 2005 E. coli O157 Outbreak Reports

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posted on 09.06.2016, 10:04 by Rounaq Nayak, Patrick WatersonPatrick Waterson
In 1996 and 2005, two of the largest E. coli O157 outbreaks occurred in the UK. Many people were infected after consuming meat resulting in a number of deaths. In the present study we applied a systems approach to both the outbreak reports to analyse and compare the accidents. Using the Accimap method of systems analysis, this study investigates the human errors and organisational issues involved in the outbreaks and why accidents such as these occur in the food production domain. The systems analysis carried out in this study on the two outbreaks indicates that there are both common as well as unique factors associated with the two outbreaks. The study concludes that it is necessary to address food safety from a systemic point of view and identify and solve the various problems that could arise in the system, in the pre-incubation period before the outbreak actually occurs.

History

School

  • Design and Creative Arts

Department

  • Design

Published in

SAFETY SCIENCE

Volume

86

Pages

36 - 47 (12)

Citation

NAYAK, R. and WATERSON, P., 2016. 'When food kills': a socio-technical systems analysis of the UK Pennington 1996 and 2005 E. coli O157 Outbreak Reports. Safety Science, 86, pp.36-47.

Publisher

© Elsevier

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

13/02/2016

Publication date

2016-03-01

Copyright date

2016

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Safety Science and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2016.02.007.

ISSN

0925-7535

Language

en