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Food safety: A policy history and introduction to avenues for economic research

Sandra Hoffmann, Lydia Ashton and Jae‐Wan Ahn

Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 2021, vol. 43, issue 2, 680-700

Abstract: Foodborne illness ranks seventh globally among major health hazards, falling between air pollution and tuberculosis. Yet food safety is relatively understudied by economists. This paper provides an introduction to food safety for economists new to the subject. It presents an overview of the problem, the history of major policy reforms, and the structure of food safety governance in the United States and internationally. It identifies potential opportunities for economists in interdisciplinary food safety research and presents one example of this kind of collaboration, namely research focused on identifying the food sources of US Campylobacter infections. JEL CLASSIFICATION I1; Q17; Q18

Date: 2021
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