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Sales Responses to Recalls for Listeria monocytogenes: Evidence from Branded Ready-to-Eat Meats


  • Michael R. Thomsen
  • Rimma Shiptsova
  • Sandra J. Hamm


The extent to which brand names insulate firms from the spillover effects of food safety events is a potentially important difference between branded products and the undifferentiated commodity products examined in earlier studies. This paper uses empirical models to measure sales losses experienced by frankfurter brands following a recall for a foodborne pathogen. Results indicate sales of recalled brands declined roughly 22% after a recall. Brand recovery, on average, began two to three months after a recall and sales approached prerecall levels within four to five months. There is no evidence that nonrecalled brands experienced sales losses. Copyright 2006, Oxford University Press.

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  • Michael R. Thomsen & Rimma Shiptsova & Sandra J. Hamm, 2006. "Sales Responses to Recalls for Listeria monocytogenes: Evidence from Branded Ready-to-Eat Meats," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 28(4), pages 482-493.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:revage:v:28:y:2006:i:4:p:482-493

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