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Traceability in Meat Supply Chains

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  • Hobbs, Jill E.

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Traceability through the agri-food supply chain has become the focus of recent industry initiatives and policy discussions in Canada. Traceability can be part of a strategy to reduce the risk or minimize the impact of a foodborne disease problem. It can also be part of a larger quality assurance strategy, facilitating the verification of specific quality attributes. This paper examines the economic incentives for implementing traceability systems in the meat and livestock sector, including ex post cost reduction, enhanced effectiveness of liability law, and reduced information costs for consumers. Preliminary evidence is presented from experimental auctions in Ontario and Saskatchewan that measured consumer willingness to pay for traceability information, food safety assurances and animal welfare assurances for beef and pork.

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Article provided by Canadian Agricultural Economics Society in its journal CAFRI: Current Agriculture, Food and Resource Issues.

Volume (Year): (2003)
Issue (Month): 04 ()
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Handle: RePEc:ags:cafric:45725

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Keywords: Agricultural and Food Policy; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety;

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  1. David Dickinson & DeeVon Bailey, 2001. "Meat traceability: are U.S. consumers willing to pay for it?," Working Papers 2001-14, Utah State University, Department of Economics.
  2. Hayes, Dermot J. & Shogren, Jason F. & Shin, Seung Youll & Kliebenstein, James, 1995. "Valuing Food Safety in Experimental Auction Markets," Staff General Research Papers 835, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
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Cited by:
  1. Henson, Spencer J. & Sparling, David & Herath, Deepananda P.B. & Dessureault, Simon, 2005. "Traceability in the Canadian Dairy Processing Sector," Economic and Market Information 55303, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
  2. Dessureault, Simon & Henson, Spencer J. & Herath, Deepananda P.B. & Sparling, David, 2006. "Costs and Benefits of Traceability in the Canadian Dairy-Processing Industry," Journal of Food Distribution Research, Food Distribution Research Society, vol. 37(01), March.
  3. Hobbs, Jill E., 2003. "Traceability And Country Of Origin Labelling," Farm Policy Development and Policy Tensions under NAFTA; Proceedings of the 9th Agricultural and Food Policy Systems Information Workshop - 2003 16813, Farm Foundation, Agricultural and Food Policy Systems Information Workshops.
  4. Jill E. Hobbs, 2004. "Information asymmetry and the role of traceability systems," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 20(4), pages 397-415.

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