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The Cost of Food Safety Technologies in the Meat and Poultry Industries

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This paper uses plant-level micro-data from the 2002 Census of Manufactures, Food Safety Inspection Service, and the Economic Research Service in a translog cost function to examine the costs of effort devoted to the performance of sanitation and process control tasks and levels of food safety technology use. Results suggest that more effort devoted to performance of sanitation and process control tasks and greater use of food safety technologies modestly reduce long run costs.

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  • Ollinger, Michael, 2009. "The Cost of Food Safety Technologies in the Meat and Poultry Industries," 2009 Annual Meeting, July 26-28, 2009, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 48783, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
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    food safety; food safety technologies; translog cost function; long run costs; meat and poultry industry; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; Industrial Organization; Production Economics;

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