The Hang-Up with Haccp: The Resistance to Translating Science into Food Safety Law
Food and Drug Law Journal, Vol. 58, pp. 565-594, 2003
31 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2005
Foodborne illness strikes millions every year and thousands die. HACCP could prevent much of that illness; however, it remains underutilized. HACCP's slow adoption correlates with imperfect information on the safety of food both before and after purchase. Consequently, the market is inefficient at rewarding firms that implement improved food safety measures and rewards firms that externalize certain food safety risks. This market inefficiency creates an underproduction of the level of food safety that consumers desire. The author proposes applying this understanding of market inefficiency to construct a food safety system that adjusts for the current imbalance.
Keywords: HACCP, food safety, food law, science and law
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