Fake news and food safety
It is estimated that 25% of Italians take part in Internet communities/blogs/chats focused on food.
This flow of information affects food choices and, therefore, health through detrimental and groundless behaviours. Fake news or real lies are rampant and false experts proliferate and create confusion and meaningless alarms to the damage of consumers: not only to the detriment of public health, but also with a negative impact on the Italian agri-food sector business.
Red meat, palm oil, Fipronil in eggs, etc. A series of not very reliable cases spread by prestigious newspapers and unscrupulous web sites will be presented. The problem has always existed. The new thing is that the truth can be restored only in very few cases. But it would be sufficient to distrust excessive headlines and consult institutional and qualified sites only.