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Title: Traceability, Trust and Coordination in a Food Chain
Authors: Charlier, Christophe
Valceschini, Egizio
Keywords: traceability
risk management
food safety
JEL Codes: I18
Issue Date: 2006
Series/Report no.: Seminar Paper
Abstract: In response to sanitary crisis, risk management has become a central issue for food producers and distributors in Europe. Organisational responses to sanitary risks usually implying traceability have been conceived by firms. One of the main tasks here is to deal with coordination of the different operators of a food chain. The European Union has developed a regulatory framework with the Regulation 178/2002. This regulation sets a mandatory traceability considered as a risk management tool. Traceability that was considered as a private initiative has therefore become an obligation with this regulation. This paper tries to evaluate if the problem of the operatorsÂ’ coordination on specific traceability practices that any private organisational of a food chain had to face is solved with the strict application of the Regulation 178/2002. For that, the analysis characterises the mandatory traceability and the operatorsÂ’ responsibilities set by the regulation. The coordination task and the problem of trust that it contains is then described. The analysis shows the limits of the mandatory traceability in this context and suggests a solution.
Institution/Association: European Association of Agricultural Economists>99th Seminar, February 8-10, 2006, Bonn, Germany
Total Pages: 11
Language: English
Collections:99th Seminar, February 8-10, 2006, Bonn, Germany

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