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A conceptual framework for evaluating the most cost-effective intervention along the supply chain to improve food safety


  • Fraser, Rob
  • Monteiro, Diogo Souza


This paper develops a conceptual framework for choosing the most cost-effective intervention along the supply chain to improve food safety. This framework identifies both the initial level of on-farm infection and the potential for new infection post farm-gate as key parameters influencing the relative effectiveness of on-farm and abattoir interventions. In addition, the potential for cost economies of scale in implementing interventions at abattoir compared to on-farm is shown to be a further factor determining the relative cost-effectiveness of these interventions. Overall, it is suggested by the analysis in this paper that successful abattoir interventions will typically be more cost-effective than successful on-farm interventions. These findings are consistent with existing case study evidence.

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  • Fraser, Rob & Monteiro, Diogo Souza, 2009. "A conceptual framework for evaluating the most cost-effective intervention along the supply chain to improve food safety," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 34(5), pages 477-481, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jfpoli:v:34:y:2009:i:5:p:477-481

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    1. Ge, Houtian & Nolan, James & Gray, Richard & Goetz, Stephan & Han, Yicheol, 2016. "Supply chain complexity and risk mitigation – A hybrid optimization–simulation model," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 179(C), pages 228-238.
    2. Alvarez, Sergio & Solís, Daniel & Hwang, Joonghyun, 2019. "Modeling shellfish harvest policies for food safety: Wild oyster harvest restrictions to prevent foodborne Vibrio vulnificus," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 83(C), pages 219-230.


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