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The Economic Forces Driving Food Safety Quality in Meat and Poultry


  • Michael Ollinger
  • Danna L. Moore


This article examines the impact of regulation and market-driven private actions on food safety performance in the meat and poultry industries. We find that private actions account for about 80% and regulation about 20% of the overall reduction in the share of samples of cattle and hog carcasses, ground beef, and broilers testing positive for Salmonella if all regulation and private actions were increased by identical amounts. Copyright 2008, Oxford University Press.

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  • Michael Ollinger & Danna L. Moore, 2008. "The Economic Forces Driving Food Safety Quality in Meat and Poultry," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 30(2), pages 289-310.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:revage:v:30:y:2008:i:2:p:289-310

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    1. Ollinger, Michael & Taha, Fawzi A., 2015. "U.S. Domestic Salmonella Regulations and Access to European and Other Poultry Export Markets," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA), vol. 18(A).
    2. Ollinger, Michael & Bovay, John & Guthrie, Joanne & Benicio, Casiano, 2015. "Economic Incentives to Supply Safe Chicken to the National School Lunch Program," Economic Research Report 212888, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
    3. Ollinger, Michael & Bovay, John & Hrdlicka, Megan & Wilkus, James, 2015. "Food-safety test performance and public disclosure: The value of information in encouraging improvements in food safety in the chicken-slaughter industry," 2015 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, July 26-28, San Francisco, California 205408, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association;Western Agricultural Economics Association.

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