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The interplay of regulation and market incentives in providing food safety


Author:
Ollinger, Michael., Moore, Danna L., United States, Department of Agriculture., and Economic Research Service.
Source:
USDA
Year:
2009
Subject:
Animal industry, Law and legislation, Packing-houses, Sanitation, Economic aspects, Poultry plants, Food industry and trade, Food, Safety measures, Government policy, Food contamination, Prevention, animal products, Salmonella, food contamination, sanitation, Food Safety and Inspection Service, and packing houses
Abstract:
The current level of food safety found in U.S. meat and poultry products is a result of both government regulations and management-determined actions motivated by market incentives. For meat and poultry processing plants, the U.S. government mandates both food and safety process regulations that require specific technologies or production practices and performance regulations that promulgate acceptable levels of food product safety. Meat and poultry processing plants are also influenced by market incentives, including legal liability, the value of their brand, and their desire to sell more of their food product. Companies often negotiate contracts, which, in exchange for higher prices or guaranteed purchases, specify food safety levels to be achieved or technologies to be used.
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Economic Research Service
Series:
Economic research report (United States. Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service) ; no. 75
Collection:
USDA publications
Permanent URL:
http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/46308