Economics of Traceability for Mitigation of Food Recall Costs

33 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2007 Last revised: 26 Dec 2010

See all articles by Moises A Resende-Filho

Moises A Resende-Filho

Universidade de Brasília

Brian L. Buhr

University of Minnesota - College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences - Department of Applied Economics

Date Written: December 1, 2010

Abstract

We rely on case study interviews and on the literature to develop conceptual and process simulation models for investigating the value of traceability for food recall. Our models incorporate quality control in a vertical food supply chain and identify key factors that affect the value of traceability. Simulations for recalls caused by Escherichia coli O157:H7 contaminations in ground beef demonstrate the value of traceability for reducing recall costs. Our models enable firms and policy makers to simulate alternative costs/values for traceability as improved cost parameters and uses of information systems become more standardized.

Keywords: Food safety, quality control, recall, risk assessment, risk modeling, traceability

JEL Classification: C15, D81, L15, L66, M11

Suggested Citation

Resende-Filho, Moises A and Buhr, Brian L., Economics of Traceability for Mitigation of Food Recall Costs (December 1, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=995335 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.995335

Moises A Resende-Filho (Contact Author)

Universidade de Brasília ( email )

Departamento de Economia
Campus Universitário Darcy Ribeiro, ICC Norte, UnB
Brasília, DF 70919-970
Brazil

HOME PAGE: http://sites.google.com/site/rese0013/english

Brian L. Buhr

University of Minnesota - College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences - Department of Applied Economics ( email )

1994 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States

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