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Impact of Liability Rules on Modes of Coordination for Food Safety in Supply Chains

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  • Elodie Rouviere

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    (UMR G-EAU - Gestion de l'Eau, Acteurs, Usages - Montpellier SupAgro - Institut national d’études supérieures agronomiques de Montpellier - CIHEAM - Centre International des Hautes Études Agronomiques Méditerranéennes - AgroParisTech - IRSTEA - Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies pour l'environnement et l'agriculture - CIRAD - Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement)

  • Karine Latouche

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    (LERECO CEDRAN - Laboratoire d'Études et de Recherches en Economie - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique)

This article analyzes how the allocation of liability for safety defects could influence coordination in the food supply chain. To do so, we analyzed the strategic reaction of importers and supermarkets who import Spanish fresh produce into France. We considered the implementation and enforcement of the European General Food Law as an exogenous shock for French food operators. In France, depending on the situation, food operators can transfer their liability to someone else in the food supply and imports decisions are crucial indicators. After 2005, supermarkets transferred the liability risk linked to importing sensitive products to importers. We argue that this regulatory change also prompted French importers of fresh produce to develop a horizontal, collective governance structure to monitor the safety of imported produce

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Date of creation: 2014
Publication status: Published in European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer Verlag, 2014, 37 (1), pp.111-130. 〈http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10657-013-9413-0〉. 〈10.1007/s10657-013-9413-0〉
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01323148
DOI: 10.1007/s10657-013-9413-0
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