Food Safety, Market Power and Private Standards: An Analysis of the Emerging Strategies of Food Operators

Christophe Charlier & Egizio Valceschini
Together with expected implications on food safety, the European Regulation 178/2002 has important consequences shaping the agrifood sector. This regulation gives latitude to operators in front of specific food safety objectives and promotes self-control. Private standards are a way of addressing this problem. The paper shows that as soon as producers and retailers have different private standards, a problem of coordination among operators has to be solved. This coordination is important for the sanitary aims...
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