Improving food safety at the dairy farm level: farmers' and experts' perceptions

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Abstract

This study examines farmers' and experts' perceptions of important action points for improving food safety on the dairy farm. Adaptive conjoint analysis is used to elicit these perceptions. A comparison on the basis of professional background (farmers versus experts) shows no major differences in the perceptions regarding chemical and microbiological hazards. Two-stage cluster analysis of individual perceptions regarding chemical and microbiological hazards results in four and three distinct groups, respectively. Although results indicate a rather good level of farmers' knowledge of most important action points, the findings can be used to modify current education programs aimed at improving farm-level food safety
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)574-592
JournalReview of Agricultural Economics
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Keywords

  • adaptive conjoint-analysis
  • suggestions
  • preferences
  • attributes
  • caveats
  • chains

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