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Traceability for Food Safety and Quality Assurance: Mandatory Systems Miss the Mark

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  • Golan, Elise H.
  • Krissoff, Barry
  • Kuchler, Fred
  • Nelson, Kenneth E.
  • Price, Gregory K.
  • Calvin, Linda

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Traceability systems are record-keeping systems that are primarily used to help keep foods with different attributes separate from one another. When information about a particular attribute of a food product is systematically recorded from creation through marketing, traceability for that attribute is established. Recently, policy makers in many countries have begun weighing the usefulness of mandatory traceability for managing such diverse problems as the threat of bio-terrorism, country-of-origin labelling, mad cow disease, and identification of genetically engineered foods. The question before policymakers is, When is mandatory traceability a useful and appropriate policy choice?

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  • Golan, Elise H. & Krissoff, Barry & Kuchler, Fred & Nelson, Kenneth E. & Price, Gregory K. & Calvin, Linda, 2003. "Traceability for Food Safety and Quality Assurance: Mandatory Systems Miss the Mark," CAFRI: Current Agriculture, Food and Resource Issues, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, issue 04.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:cafric:45724
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    1. Sans, Pierre & de Fontguyon, Guy, 2008. "The Beef Industry in France: Gearing Up to Demand?," CAFRI: Current Agriculture, Food and Resource Issues, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, issue 09.
    2. Souza Monteiro, Diogo M. & Caswell, Julie A., 2005. "The Economics of Traceability for Multi-Ingredient Products: A Network Approach," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI 19143, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).

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