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Tracking Foodborne Pathogens from Farm to Table: Data Needs to Evaluate Control Options


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  • Jensen, Helen H.
  • Unnevehr, Laurian J.


Food safety policymakers and scientists came together at a conference in January 1995 to evaluate data available for analyzing control of foodborne microbial pathogens. This proceedings starts with data regarding human illnesses associated with foodborne pathogens and moves backwards in the food chain to examine pathogen data in the processing sector and at the farm level. Of special concern is the inability to link pathogen data throughout the food chain. Analytical tools to evaluate the impact of changing production and consumption practices on foodborne disease risks and their economic consequences are presented. The available data are examined to see how well they meet current analytical needs to support policy analysis. The policymaker roundtable highlights the tradeoffs involved in funding databases, the economic evaluation of USDA's Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) proposal and other food safety policy issues, and the necessity of a multidisciplinary approach toward improving food safety databases.

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Paper provided by United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service in its series Miscellaneous Publications with number 33549.

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Date of creation: 1995
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Handle: RePEc:ags:uersmp:33549

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Keywords: food safety; cost benefit analysis; foodborne disease risk; foodborne pathogens; Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP); probabilistic scenario analysis; fault-tree analysis; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety;

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  1. Miller, Gay Y. & Liu, Xuanli & McNamara, Paul E. & Barber, David A., 2004. "The Influence Of Salmonella In Pigs Pre-Harvest On Salmonella Human Health Costs And Risk From Pork," 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO 20258, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  2. Helen H. JENSEN & Tanya ROBERTS & Laurian UNNEVEHR & Shannon HAMM, . "Setting Priorities In Foodborne Pathogen Data: Public And Private Response," Department of Resource Economics Regional Research Project 9523, University of Massachusetts.
  3. Ollinger, Michael & Muth, Mary K. & Karns, Shawn A. & Choice, Zanethia, 2011. "Food Safety Audits, Plant Characteristics, and Food Safety Technology Use in Meat and Poultry Plants," Economic Information Bulletin 117989, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
  4. Laurian J. Unnevehr & Helen H. Jensen, 2001. "Industry Compliance Costs: What Would They Look Like in a Risk-Based Integrated Food System?," Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) Publications 01-wp278, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.
  5. Golan, Elise H. & Roberts, Tanya & Salay, Elisabete & Caswell, Julie A. & Ollinger, Michael & Moore, Danna L., 2004. "Food Safety Innovation In The United States: Evidence From The Meat Industry," Agricultural Economics Reports 34083, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.


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