Food Safety Issues and Fresh Food Product Exports from Ldcs

Posted: 2 Oct 2001

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Laurian J. Unnevehr

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

Abstract

Fresh food products have a high income elasticity of demand and few traditional trade barriers in high income markets. As such, they represent an important opportunity for less developed country (LDC) exporters. Fresh food product exports account for half of all food and agricultural exports from LDCs to high income countries. But these products may be subject to greater food safety risks and potential trade barriers arising from sanitary regulation. This paper reviews the challenges and issues facing LDCs in meeting food safety standards for export. These issues include: (a) the importance of fresh food product trade by region and the kinds of issues that arise from those products; (b) the role of farm to table approaches and hazard analysis critical control points (HACCP) in ensuring safety; (c) the role of the public sector in LDCs in facilitating trade; (d) the potential role of the SPS Agreement in resolving disputes and determining equivalency of standards between high and low income countries.

Keywords: Food safety, Food trade, HACCP, Less developed countries

JEL Classification: F1, O1, Q1

Suggested Citation

Unnevehr, Laurian J., Food Safety Issues and Fresh Food Product Exports from Ldcs. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=250070

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