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European Policy for Food Quality and the New Cap


  • Anna Carbone
  • Alessandro Sorrentino


The paper discusses the unsatisfactory results of the European policy for food quality. Economic justifications for public intervention in this field are briefly summarized. Financial aid, introduced by the 2003 Reform to reinforce the range of instruments to promote food quality, is also discussed. The possibility to add new Quality Schemes to the existing ones is criticized on the grounds of consequent in-formation overcrowding. Furthermore, it is argued that a “race to the bottom” mechanism could be triggered with introduction of the possibility to develop Qual-ity Schemes on a national basis. The paper also shows that the unsatisfactory func-tioning of existing Quality Schemes could be better addressed by simplifying the whole quality certification system, enhancing communication and improving coor-dination of the different strategies of the various stakeholders in the food chains.

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  • Anna Carbone & Alessandro Sorrentino, 2005. "European Policy for Food Quality and the New Cap," QA - Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, Associazione Rossi Doria, issue 4, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:rar:journl:0025

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    1. Wim Verbeke, 2005. "Agriculture and the food industry in the information age," European Review of Agricultural Economics, Foundation for the European Review of Agricultural Economics, vol. 32(3), pages 347-368, September.
    2. Gatti, Silvia, 2009. "The Value Of Designations Of Origin In Emilia-Romagna," Working Papers 53887, American Association of Wine Economists.
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    Food Quality; Cap Reform; Incentives; Information; Reputation;

    JEL classification:

    • 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
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms


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