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Completion of the EC's internal market, mutual recognition, and the food industries


  • Alan Swinbank

    (Agricultural Economics at the University of Reading, UK)


The European Community's (EC) 1992 programme is designed to achieve an area without internal frontiers. If nontariff barriers threaten to restrict trade in processed foodstuffs, the EC has two complementary strategies to pursue. Food law harmonisation, to the extent required to ensure food safety, is one. The principle of mutual recognition is the second. The potential impact of mutual recognition on food manufacturers and consumers is reviewed. Mutual recognition, while striking down barriers to trade, does not create a single market. The EC is likely to resort to more, not less, harmonisation of food law in future years. © 1993 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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  • Alan Swinbank, 1993. "Completion of the EC's internal market, mutual recognition, and the food industries," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 9(5), pages 509-522.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:9:y:1993:i:5:p:509-522
    DOI: 10.1002/1520-6297(199309)9:5<509::AID-AGR2720090508>3.0.CO;2-Y

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    1. Gray, Paul, 1990. "Food law and the internal market : Taking stock," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 15(2), pages 111-121, April.
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    2. Worley, C. Thomas & Folwell, Raymond J. & McCracken, Vicki A. & Bagnara, Gian Luca, 1994. "Changing Labeling Regulations: Implications For International Food Marketing," Journal of Food Distribution Research, Food Distribution Research Society, vol. 25(1), February.
    3. Alan Swinbank, 1999. "The role of the WTO and the international agencies in SPS standard setting," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(3), pages 323-333.
    4. Julie A. Caswell & Eliza M. Mojduszka, 1996. "Using Informational Labeling to Influence the Market for Quality in Food Products," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 78(5), pages 1248-1253.

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