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The Direct and Indirect Costs of Food Safety Regulation

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The cost of compliance with the Pathogen Reduction Hazard Analysis Critical Control Program (PR/HACCP) rule of 1996 has been controversial since it was first proposed. Surveys have provided some cost information but examined plant size and other indirect effects with limited data and did not make cost estimates of direct cost components, such as mandated tasks. This paper addresses those deficiencies with data from a national survey of meat and poultry plants on PR/HACCP costs. Results indicate that (1) mandated tasks are the most costly component of the PR/HACCP rule, (2) regulation favors large plants over small ones, and (3) private actions are nearly as costly as direct regulation.

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  • Michael Ollinger, 2008. "The Direct and Indirect Costs of Food Safety Regulation," Working Papers 08-31, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.
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    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Pozo, Veronica F. & Schroeder, Ted C., 2013. "Effects of Meat Recalls on Firms' Stock Prices," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 151287, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    4. 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).

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