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Food for thought: An investigation of Food and Drug Administration reporting practices

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Jeff Holcomb Ph.D., Assistant Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Criminologists and criminal justice researchers have neglected the behavior of regulatory agencies. Furthering the goal of focusing on the behavior of regulatory agencies, this article analyzes the reporting practices of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its activities as found in two publications produced by that agency: FDA Enforcement Report, its official data report, and FDA Consumer, a public information magazine. Results suggest that the FDA uses these mediums to construct different images of its activities. The authors examine reasons why the FDA engages in image management and the differences across different FDA publications. The authors also introduce the idea of public health justice to identify the social control concerns of agencies ostensibly charged with protecting the public’s health.

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Lynch, M.J., Burns, R., and Holcomb, J.E. (2005). Food for thought: An investigation of Food and Drug Administration reporting practices, 1995-1999. Criminal Justice Review, 30, 293-311. DOI: 10.1177/0734016805285177 [Dec 2005] SAGE
Language: English
Date: 2005
FDA, social construction, image, public health justice, regulation