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PEREZ-CASTELLANOS, María S.. Food safety warnings in public health. Gac Sanit [online]. 2004, vol.18, suppl.1, pp.234-238. ISSN 0213-9111.

One of the mechanisms for food alerts management is the rapid interchange of information so that the response takes place the sooner and the impact of the risk can be diminished. The structure of information transmitted, the priority and categorization of the risk, the differentiated treatment of the information, the decision on who must be informed, the confidentiality of information transmitted, and evaluations of it, the reduction of the abuse or the use of precautionary principle are questions that can serve as guidelines for an analysis of the different systems and provide a comparison perspective that can help to improve the exchange of information on risks in the present day «global market» of foods. The main goal of this article is to provide a proposal for improvement in the food alerts management system in our country through an analysis and comparison of the essential elements of different systems in our context.

Keywords : Alert; Exchange of information; Food risk.

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