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Meat Slaughter and Processing Plants' Traceability Levels: Evidence from Iowa

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  • Bulut, Harun
  • Lawrence, John D.

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Based on an econometric analysis of the data obtained from a survey of meat plants (n=53 ) in Iowa in summer 2007, this paper identifies the factors impacting the meat plants’ voluntary adoption of forward and backward traceability activities. The results suggest that the ownership type (corporate versus independent) and operations type (slaughtering versus not) matter rather than the size and meat type produced (beef, pork, or poultry) as suggested in the previous surveys. Furthermore, food safety activities appear to be complementary to traceability activities. The findings may assist ongoing regulatory efforts in implementing traceability in U.S. in the near future.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 12928.

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Date of creation: 24 Apr 2008
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Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:12928

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Keywords: country of origin labeling; food safety; multiple imputation method; national animal identification system; ordered logistic regression; quality assurances; traceability;

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  1. Resende-Filho, Moises & Buhr, Brian, 2007. "Economics of traceability for mitigation of food recall costs," MPRA Paper 3650, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Asioli, Daniele & Boecker, Andreas & Canavari, Maurizio, 2011. "Perceived Traceability Costs and Benefits in the Italian Fisheries Supply Chain," International Journal on Food System Dynamics, International Center for Management, Communication, and Research, vol. 2(4).

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