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Voluntary approaches to food safety : a unified framework

Abstract : The emergence and the multiplication of safety quality management system within the food supply chain were extensively analyzed in the food safety literature. Some papers deal more specifically with the voluntary implementation by firms of these systems (Segerson, 1999 ; Venturini, 2003 ; Noelke & Caswell, 2000). Our paper develops a unified analytical framework of this burgeoning literature. We show three original results : (i) when the mandatory threat is strong, the voluntary adoption of safety measures can be implemented without the need of a cost differential assumption (Segerson, 1999), or a reputation effect (Venturini, 2003) ; (ii) when the mandatory threat is weak, the reputation effect and the liability rule may induce the voluntary adoption only when there is a "hard" response from the consumers ; (iii) when the response from consumers is "soft", a well designed contract offered by the retailer in the supply chain can induce the firm to implement voluntary safety measures.
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Mehand Fares, Elodie Rouvière. Voluntary approaches to food safety : a unified framework. 2006. ⟨hal-02811601⟩

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