Food Retailers as Drivers for Food Safety Standards

18 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2013

Date Written: September 27, 2013


This paper discusses the increased role of retailers in global food safety regulation and its consequences for food producers. The first section deals with the development of retail-driven private food safety regulation from the 1990s onwards. The dominant transnational retail-driven standards are introduced with particular attention to the dissemination outside Europe and to the power of retailers in the governance structure of the standards. The next section discusses the reasons for retailers to engage in food safety standards. Subsequently, section 3 deals with the reasons for food producers to comply with food safety standards.

Keywords: private food safety standards, retail-standard, food retailers, supermarket, GFSI, BRC, IFS, SQF, Global Gap

JEL Classification: L15, L81

Suggested Citation

Havinga, Tetty, Food Retailers as Drivers for Food Safety Standards (September 27, 2013). Available at SSRN: or

Tetty Havinga (Contact Author)

Radboud University ( email )

PO Box 9049
Nijmegen, NL 6500 KK
+31-24-3615915 (Phone)


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