Food Safety and Risk Governance in Globalized Markets

Resources for the Future Discussion Paper No. 09-44

42 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2010

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Sandra A. Hoffmann

Resources for the Future

William Harder

Resources for the Future

Date Written: July 20, 2010

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Food Safety, Risk Management, Policy Reform, Comparative Law

JEL Classification: D18, F13, F19, I18, K23, K33, Q18

Suggested Citation

Hoffmann, Sandra A. and Harder, William, Food Safety and Risk Governance in Globalized Markets (July 20, 2010). Resources for the Future Discussion Paper No. 09-44. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1645911 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1645911

Sandra A. Hoffmann (Contact Author)

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William Harder

Resources for the Future ( email )

1616 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States

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