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Food safety recall effects across meat products and regions

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  • Shang, Xia
  • Tonsor, Glynn T.

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Food safety is one of the key issues for the international meat market. As a major meat exporter, few things facing the U.S. meat industry in recent years have garnered more attention than food safety events and policies. The impacts of Food Safety Inspection Services (FSIS) recalls on United States consumer meat demand are estimated using monthly grocery-scanner data identifying effects across products, geographic regions, and recall type. Results suggest beef E. coli recalls significantly reduce the demand for recalled ground beef contemporaneously among most, but not all, regions in the United States. Evidence of heterogeneity in demand impacts across regions and products is provided for the first time. Domestic and international implications for policy makers, industry leaders, and researchers are discussed.

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  • Shang, Xia & Tonsor, Glynn T., 2017. "Food safety recall effects across meat products and regions," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 69(C), pages 145-153.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jfpoli:v:69:y:2017:i:c:p:145-153
    DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2017.04.002
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    Keywords

    E. coli; FSIS recall; Food safety; Meat demand; Regional differences; Rotterdam model; Scanner data;
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    JEL classification:

    • Q11 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Aggregate Supply and Demand Analysis; Prices
    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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