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Food Safety and Risk Governance in Globalized Markets


  • Hoffmann, Sandra

    () (Resources for the Future)

  • Harder, William


Today a new generation of food safety policy is emerging in OECD countries and international public health forums. The United States has actively contributed to the thinking and scientific research underlying this new generation of policy. A consensus has emerged among nations about the basic components of an effective food safety system based on modern science and management practices. In shorthand, the vision is of a farm-to-fork, risk-based, scientifically supported safety control system. This system is built on several decades of experience with risk management in national governments, particularly in U.S. environmental and occupational and consumer safety policy. This paper describes the elements of a risk-based, farm-to-fork food safety system as it is emerging in OECD countries guided by discussions through Codex Alimentarius and traces its roots in the development of risk management policy in the United States.

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  • Hoffmann, Sandra & Harder, William, 2010. "Food Safety and Risk Governance in Globalized Markets," Discussion Papers dp-09-44, Resources For the Future.
  • Handle: RePEc:rff:dpaper:dp-09-44

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    1. Rob Vos, 2015. "Thought for Food: Strengthening Global Governance of Food Security," CDP Background Papers 029, United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs.

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    food safety; risk management; policy reform; comparative law;

    JEL classification:

    • D18 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Protection
    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F19 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Other
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • K23 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Regulated Industries and Administrative Law
    • K33 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - International Law
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy


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