Private incentives for adopting food safety and quality assurance

Erin Holleran*, Maury E. Bredahl, Lokman Zaibet

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The competitiveness of food companies in national and international markets depends upon their ability to adopt production processes which meet food safety and quality requirements. Food safety and quality assurance affect the cost of carrying out transactions, and therein lies the private incentive for adopting voluntary quality assurance systems. While quality assurance systems have the potential to reduce transaction costs by serving as the seller's guarantee of safety or quality, they may also serve as trade barriers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)669-683
Number of pages15
JournalFood Policy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1999


  • Food safety
  • ISO 9000
  • Quality system
  • Trade barriers
  • Transaction costs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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