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Food Safety Innovation In The United States: Evidence From The Meat Industry

  • Golan, Elise H.
  • Roberts, Tanya
  • Salay, Elisabete
  • Caswell, Julie A.
  • Ollinger, Michael
  • Moore, Danna L.

Recent industry innovations improving the safety of the Nation's meat supply range from new pathogen tests, high-tech equipment, and supply chain management systems, to new surveillance networks. Despite these and other improvements, the market incentives that motivate private firms to invest in innovation seem to be fairly weak. Results from an ERS survey of U.S. meat and poultry slaughter and processing plants and two case studies of innovation in the U.S. beef industry reveal that the industry has developed a number of mechanisms to overcome that weakness and to stimulate investment in food safety innovation. Industry experience suggests that government policy can increase food safety innovation by reducing informational asymmetries and strengthening the ability of innovating firms to appropriate the benefits of their investments.

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Paper provided by United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service in its series Agricultural Economics Reports with number 34083.

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Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ags:uerser:34083
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