Journal: Trends in Food Science & Technology, vol. 84, p. 71–73, 2019
International Standard Numbers:
Open Access: green
Background: The aims of risk communication to consumers are at least two-fold: to provide information about a
food risk or safety issue, and for education purposes enabling a change towards safer behavior.
Scope and approach: In this paper, challenges confronting risk communicators in providing information consumers
act upon will be summarily addressed. The emergence of web-based communication channels as avenues
for improved dissemination will also be discussed.
Key findings and conclusions: Studies show that providing relevant risk messages to vulnerable consumers and
target groups requires in-depth knowledge about the receivers of information. Characteristics of these groups
may vary across countries, cultures and from case to case, therefore it may be necessary to collect more information
about how risk communication should be presented and in which channels to reach the target groups.
Messages should be repeated regularly and presented in a way that seems relevant to consumers; less statistics
and more stories that they can relate to. Internet is rapidly becoming the number one information channel. Using
social media, and web-based tools and games have the potential to rapidly reach specific target groups.
Achieving behavior change is dependent on the consumers perceiving the risk information to be relevant for