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Recalibrating risk through media: two cases of intentional food poisoning in Japan

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Walravens, Tine (main author)
Journal article
Publication Date:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
coverage, crisis communication, food, mass media, reporting, risk communication, framing, food poisoning, food issues, Japan (Eastern Asia), food communication, food crisis, food scares, food risk
Due to the Library's response to COVID-19, this document is currently only available through online access. If no link is provided in this record, the ACDC will make this document accessible through our collection once we are able to return to our office., Online via UI Catalog., In 2008, a case of intentional food poisoning involving Chinese imported dumplings resulted in mass panic in Japan. To shed light on the concrete ways of risk calibration by the media, this article compared the incident's coverage to a strikingly similar even in 2014 involving domestic produce. Content analysis showed how the specific discursive construction of both incidents led to two different levels of risk, primarily through the framing of the incidents by references to former experiences and symbolic connotations.