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Risk assessment in the international food safety policy arena. Can the multilateral institutions encourage unbiased outcomes?

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  • Jackson, Lee Ann
  • Jansen, Marion
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    Two institutions provide multilateral venues for countries to discuss food safety measures at the international level: the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) and the World Trade Organization. Both institutions encourage their Members to base food safety standards on scientific evidence. In this paper we provide a description of how food-safety-related scientific evidence is generated and how it is used in the context of risk assessment for international standard-setting at Codex and in WTO trade disputes. In particular, we discuss the processes leading to policy conclusions on the basis of scientific evidence, with a focus on the interactions involved between private and public sector actors and those between "scientific experts" and others. We identify weaknesses in the current institutional set-up and provide suggestions on how to improve the interaction between different players at the national and international level so as to strengthen the existing system and increase its cost efficiency.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Food Policy.

    Volume (Year): 35 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 6 (December)
    Pages: 538-547

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jfpoli:v:35:y:2010:i:6:p:538-547

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    Keywords: Food safety standards Risk assessment Policy capture Codex Alimentarius Commission WTO;

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