New approaches to food safety economics

A.G.J. Velthuis (Editor), L.J. Unnevehr (Editor), H. Hogeveen (Editor), R.B.M. Huirne (Editor)

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Food-safety economics is a new research field, which needs a solid framework of concepts, procedures and data to support the decision-making process in food-safety improvement. Food safety is a theme that plays at many levels in the community: at the consumer level, at the farm or business level, at the supply-chain level, nationally and internationally. Moreover, there are a lot of aspects involved in food safety and still a lot of questions are unanswered. In order to frame a research agenda to meet the challenges facing industry and government, invited experts from around the world were invited to a workshop in April 2002 at Wageningen University and Research Centre in order to review the state of the art. The purpose of the workshop was to learn where and how economics can contribute to emerging policies and strategies for food-safety improvement. In the EU, the public desire for greater food-safety assurance is evoking response from both the food industry and policymakers. These responses take place within the context of changes in EU membership, in agricultural policies, and in scientific knowledge about risks. The primary focus of the workshop was on food-safety economics for animal products.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
Number of pages140
ISBN (Print)9781402014253
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Publication series

NameWageningen UR frontis series
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
No.vol. 1
ISSN (Print)1573-4544


  • food safety
  • animal products
  • economics
  • food quality
  • consumer protection
  • risk
  • certification
  • quality controls
  • international trade

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