Advancing Consumer Protection Through Smart Food Safety Regulation
European Food and Feed Law Review, 2/2014
14 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2015
Date Written: 2014
The reduction of food risks that are caused by malpractice requires a reconstructing understanding of the context-dependent behaviours of food businesses and a corresponding design of adequate governance structures. Concerning ourselves with consumer protection, we focus on the question of which behavioural drivers need to be considered when designing “smart” regulatory regimes that effectively and cost-efficiently foster compliance with food quality and safety rules. Doing so, we link the concept of smart regulation with the concept of risk analysis according to General Food Law. While a systematic comparison of the smartness of concrete consumer protection policies is beyond the paper’s scope, we briefly discuss disclosure policies for two reasons: first, name-and-shame schemes are increasingly used by food authorities in various countries. Second, they seem to be promising candidates for smart consumer protection policies from a regulatory theory point of view as food markets are riddled with information asymmetries.
Keywords: food risks, consumer protection, Smart Regulation
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