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Technology Choice and the Economic Effects of a Ban on the Use of Antimicrobial Feed Additives in Swine Rations

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  • Hayes, Dermot J.
  • Jensen, Helen H.
  • Fabiosa, Jacinto F.

The use of antimicrobial feed additives (AFAs) in animal rations has come under review recently in Europe and the U.S. A recent evaluation of the economic impact of a ban on AFAs on the U.S. pork industry suggests that on average changes in productivity and fixed costs would result in increased costs and prices as producers adjust to the new regulation. These effects will vary among producers. Producers with high quality management and modern buildings would experience smaller costs from a ban. Also, new marketing technologies that support traceback of product to producers and additional compensation for pork produced without AFAs allow producers to capture price premiums to compensate for higher costs resulting from reduced use of AFAs.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers Archive with number 5177.

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Date of creation: 01 Mar 2002
Publication status: Published in Journal of Food Control, March 2002, vol. 13 no. 2, pp. 97-101
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:5177
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