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International cattle ID and traceability: Competitive implications for the US


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  • Schroeder, Ted C.
  • Tonsor, Glynn T.


Global standards for animal identification and traceability are evolving rapidly. Major world animal health, trade, and food safety organizations have formally recognized the importance of, and actively promoted, animal identification and traceability system development. Advanced animal traceability systems have been deployed by major beef exporters and are increasingly being adopted by important beef importing countries. This study summarizes and compares animal identification systems across major export and import countries. Results reveal that the United States lags behind both major export and import countries in development and adoption of cattle identification and tracing systems. As such, the United States has placed itself in a vulnerable position relative to competing export countries with respect to demonstrated animal traceability. This status could adversely affect market access in the future for US beef exports.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Food Policy.

Volume (Year): 37 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 31-40

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jfpoli:v:37:y:2012:i:1:p:31-40

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Keywords: Animal identification; Beef exports; Food safety; Market access; Traceability;


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  1. Saak, Alexander E., 2013. "Traceability and Reputation in Supply Chains," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 149988, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  2. Schumacher, Stephanie & Peel, Derrell S. & Raper, Kellie Curry, 2013. "Non-Adoption of Best Management Practices: Demographics and Adoption Constraints of Oklahoma Cattle Producers," 2013 Annual Meeting, February 2-5, 2013, Orlando, Florida 143094, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
  3. Seyoum, Bruk Tefera & Adam, Brian D. & Ge, Candi, 2013. "The Value of Genetic Information in a Whole-Chain Traceability System for Beef," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 150458, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  4. Zimmerman, Lance C. & Schroeder, Ted C. & Dhuyvetter, Kevin C. & Olson, K.C. & Stokka, Gerald L. & Seeger, Jon T. & Grotelueschen, Dale M., 2012. "The Effect of Value-Added Management on Calf Prices at Superior Livestock Auction Video Markets," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 37(1), April.
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