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The interplay of regulation and market incentives in providing food safety

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The current level of food safety found in U.S. meat and poultry products is a result of both government regulations and management-determined actions motivated by market incentives. For meat and poultry processing plants, the U.S. government mandates both food and safety process regulations that require specific technologies or production practices and performance regulations that promulgate acceptable levels of food product safety. Meat and poultry processing plants are also influenced by market incentives, including legal liability, the value of their brand, and their desire to sell more of their food product. Companies often negotiate contracts, which, in exchange for higher prices or guaranteed purchases, specify food safety levels to be achieved or technologies to be used.
Ollinger, Michael. , Moore, Danna L. , United States Dept. of Agriculture. Economic Research Service.
Animal industry , Law and legislation , United States , Packing-houses , Sanitation , Economic aspects , Poultry plants , Food industry and trade , Food , Safety measures , Government policy , Food contamination , Prevention , animal products , packing houses , sanitation , food safety , food contamination , Salmonella , Food Safety and Inspection Service
iv, 46 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
"July 2009."
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Economic Research Service
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