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Overview of Food Safety Economics

  • Diogo M. Souza MonteiroEmail author
  • Tanya Roberts
  • Walter J. Armbruster
  • Derrick Jones
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Part of the Food Microbiology and Food Safety book series (FMFS)

Abstract

The goal of this book is to introduce food scientists, policy analysts, academics, industry, and nongovernmental organization and consumer group managers to the principles and main applications of food safety economics. We focus on the economics of information, supply chain coordination, estimates of the burden of foodborne illness, and food safety policy. This chapter gives an overview of each section of the book and chapters therein. The first section of the book presents the main frameworks economists use to examine food safety private and public policy issues. The second part of the book discusses how economists measure and estimate the costs and burdens of food safety hazards. Then eight case studies, covering a range of applied food safety economics topics, comprise the third section. Some of the topics covered are economic incentives, food safety innovation, product testing, food hazards surveillance, antibiotic resistence to foodborne pathogens, political advocacy, public policy, and legal liability aspects of food safety. The last chapter of the book concludes and suggests future food safety policy and research challenges given the increasing global reach and complexity of food supply networks.

Keywords

Food safety Economics Economic incentives Costs of illness Food policy Risk management 

Abbreviations

BCA

Benefit-cost analysis

BIFSCo

Beef industry Food Safety Council

CDC

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COI

Costs of illness

DALYs

Disability-adjusted life years

FBD

Foodborne disease

FDA

Food and Drug Administration

FERG

Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group

FMSA

Food Safety Modernization Act

HACCP

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points

HIV/AIDS

Human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome

QALYs

Quality-adjusted life years

USA

United States of America

USDA

United States Department of Agriculture

USDA/FSIS

United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety Inspection Service

WHO

World Health Organization

Reference

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Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Diogo M. Souza Monteiro
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tanya Roberts
    • 2
  • Walter J. Armbruster
    • 3
  • Derrick Jones
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Natural and Environmental Sciences Newcastle UniversityNewcastle Upon TyneUK
  2. 2.Economic Research Service, USDA (retired), Center for Foodborne Illness Research and PreventionVashonUSA
  3. 3.Farm Foundation (Retired)DarienUSA
  4. 4.Independent Economic Consultant, and former Chief Economist and Head of the Analysis and Research Division at the UK Food Standards Agency (Retired)LondonUK

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