Economic Rationale for US Involvement in Public-Private Partnerships in International Food Safety Capacity Building

  • Clare NarrodEmail author
  • Xiaoya Dou
  • Cara Wychgram
  • Mark Miller
Part of the Food Microbiology and Food Safety book series (FMFS)


The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) places more responsibility on the private sector to ensure the safety of imported food. It also requires the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide international food safety capacity building on the new regulations and to monitor and evaluate those efforts. However, public resources to support programs abroad are limited. International capacity building supported by the private sector, which sometimes has its own standards that suppliers need to meet, can complement public efforts. This chapter discusses the market failures associated with food safety provision and why both the public and private sectors have been involved in international food safety capacity building. It reviews public and private sector efforts and some of the partnerships that have formed. It discusses the limitations of monitoring and evaluation efforts when relying solely on publicly available data. It argues that mobilizing public-private partnerships in monitoring and evaluation can make it easier to capture the collective impact of international food safety capacity-building efforts.


International food safety capacity building Training of trainer programs Market failures Economic incentives Monitoring and impact evaluation Spillover effects Public-private partnerships 



Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation


Agricultural Research Service


Better Process Control School


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service


Foreign Agricultural Service


Food and Drug Administration


Food Safety and Inspection Service


Food Safety Modernization Act


Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance


Foreign Supplier Verification Program


Good agricultural practices


Global Food Safety Initiative


Global Food Safety Partnership


Grocery Manufacturers Association


Good manufacturing practices


Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points


High-value agricultural


International Electrotechnical Commission


Institute of Food Technologists


Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture


Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute for Food Safety and Health


International Life Sciences Institute


International Standard Organization


Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

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Monitoring and evaluation


Marketing information services


National Aeronautics and Space Administration


National Association of State Departments of Agriculture


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Operational and Administrative System for Import Support


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development


Public-private partnership


Supply chain management


Sanitary and phytosanitary measures


Sprout Safety Alliance


United Nations Industrial Development Organization


US Agency for International Development


United States Department of Agriculture


World Health Organization


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clare Narrod
    • 1
    Email author
  • Xiaoya Dou
    • 1
  • Cara Wychgram
    • 1
  • Mark Miller
    • 1
  1. 1.Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied NutritionUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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