Regulating and Managing Food Safety in the EU

A Legal-Economic Perspective

  • Harry Bremmers
  • Kai Purnhagen

Part of the Economic Analysis of Law in European Legal Scholarship book series (EALELS, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Tetty Havinga
    Pages 11-37
  3. Alessandro Banterle, Elena Claire Ricci, Alessia Cavaliere
    Pages 57-88
  4. Erica van Herpen, Hans C. M. van Trijp
    Pages 89-104
  5. Silvia L. Schmidt
    Pages 129-150
  6. Kai Purnhagen, Ellen van Kleef
    Pages 151-167
  7. Silke Thiele, Jutta Roosen
    Pages 169-193
  8. Franziska Weber
    Pages 245-262

About this book


This book analyses EU food law from a regulatory, economic and managerial perspective. It presents an economic assessment of strategies of food safety regulation, and discusses the different regulatory regimes in EU food law. It examines the challenges of food safety in the internal market as well as the regulatory tools that are available. The book’s generic theorising and measurement of regulatory effects is supplemented by detailed analysis of key topics in food markets, such as health claims, enforcement strategies, and induced risk management at the level of the organizations producing food. The regulatory effects discussed in the book range from classical regulatory analysis covering e.g. effects of ex-ante versus ex-post regulation and content-related versus information-related regulation to new regulatory options such as behavioral regulation. The book takes as its premise the idea that economic considerations are basic to the design and functioning of the European food supply arena, and that economic effects consolidate or induce modification of the present legal structures and principles. The assessments, analyses and examination of the various issues presented in the book serve to answer the question of how economic theory and practice can explain and enhance the shaping and modification of the regulatory framework that fosters safe and sustainable food supply chains. ​


EU Food Safety Regulation Economic Analysis Economic Analysis of Law Economics of Enforcement Economics of Food Safety Food Information Regulation General Food Law Harmonization of Food Law in the EU Proportionality Principle in EU Food Law Regulating Food Safety Law in the EU Regulatory Challenges of Food Safety Regulatory Tools for Food Safety Special Foods

Editors and affiliations

  • Harry Bremmers
    • 1
  • Kai Purnhagen
    • 2
  1. 1.Law and Governance GroupWageningen University and Research (WUR)WageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Law SchoolErasmus University of RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands

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