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Title: 'When food kills': a socio-technical systems analysis of the UK Pennington 1996 and 2005 E. coli O157 Outbreak Reports
Authors: Nayak, Rounaq S.
Waterson, Patrick
Keywords: Systems thinking
Accident analysis
Pennington Report
Food safety culture
Human factors
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Elsevier
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.
Abstract: 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.
Description: 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.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2016.02.007
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/21539
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2016.02.007
ISSN: 0925-7535
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