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Jean C. Buzby

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Jean C. Buzby is Chief of the Diet, Safety, and Health Economics Branch in ERS's Food Economics Division.


Jean has worked either directly or indirectly for ERS for over 20 years. Prior to moving into management, her primary areas of work as an economist at ERS were food safety and food consumption research. Jean's food safety research included estimating the costs of foodborne illness, analyzing the legal incentives for firms to produce safer food, and exploring international trade and food safety issues. Her food consumption research was primarily centered on using information gleaned from the Food Availability (Per Capita) Data System. She has also conducted research on food loss in the United States for over a decade and continues to estimate the amount and value of food loss at the retail and consumer levels in the United States, using data from ERS's Loss-Adjusted Food Availability Data Series.



Jean received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky. She received a B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University.

Selected Publications:

Muth, Mary K., Shawn A. Karns, Samara J. Nielsen, Jean C. Buzby, and Hodan Farah Wells. Consumer-Level Food Loss Estimates and Their Use in the ERS Loss-Adjusted Food Availability Data, USDA, ERS, TB-1927, January 2011. 

Gale, Fred, and Jean C. Buzby. Imports from China and Food Safety Issues, USDA, ERS, EIB-52, July 2009.

Buzby, Jean C., Hodan Farah Wells, Bruce Axtman, and Jana Mickey. Supermarket Loss Estimates for Fresh Fruit, Vegetables, Meat, Poultry, and Seafood and Their Use in the ERS Loss-Adjusted Food Availability Data, USDA, ERS, EIB-44, March 2009. 

Buzby, Jean C., Laurian Unnevehr, and Donna Roberts. Food Safety and Imports: An Analysis of FDA Food-Related Import Refusal Reports, USDA, ERS, EIB-39, September 2008. 

Wells, Hodan F., and Jean C. Buzby. Dietary Assessment of Major Trends in U.S. Food Consumption, 1970-2005, USDA, ERS,EIB-33, March 2008.

Buzby, Jean C., Hodan Farah Wells, and Gary Vocke. Possible Implications for U.S. Agriculture from Adoption of Select Dietary Guidelines, USDA, ERS, ERR-31, November 2006.

Buzby, Jean C., Hodan Farah Wells, and Gary Vocke. Will 2005 Be the Year of the Whole Grain? USDA, ERS, Amber Waves, June 2005.

Buzby, Jean C. and Guthrie, Joanne. The USDA Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Program Evaluation. USDA, ERS, AIB792-6, November 2004.

Buzby, Jean C. and Mitchell, Lorraine. Food Safety and International Trade: Theoretical Issues. USDA, ERS, AIB789-2, February 2004.

Buzby, Jean C. and Unnevehr, Laurian. Food Safety and International Trade. USDA, ERS, AIB789-1, February 2004.

Mathews, Kenneth Jr., Bernstein, Jason, and Buzby, Jean C. Food Safety Issues for Meat/Poultry Products and International Trade USDA, ERS, AIB789-4, February 2004.

Allshouse, Jane, Buzby, Jean C., Harvey, David, and Zorn, David. Seafood Safety and Trade. USDA, ERS, AIB789-7, February 2004.

Buzby, Jean C., ed. International Trade and Food Safety: Economic Theory and Case Studies, USDA, ERS, AER-828, November 2003.

Ralston, Katherine, Buzby, Jean C., and Guthrie, Joanne. Food Assistance Research Brief—A Healthy School Meal Environment USDA, ERS, FANRR34-5, July 2003.

Buzby, Jean C., Joanne F. Guthrie, and Linda S. Kantor. Evaluation of the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Program: Report to Congress, USDA, ERS, E-FAN-03-006, May 2003.

Buzby, Jean C., and Joanne F. Guthrie. Plate Waste in School Nutrition Programs: Final Report to Congress, USDA, ERS, E-FAN-02-009, March 2002.

Buzby, Jean C., Paul D. Frenzen, and Barbara Rasco. "Jury Decisions and Awards in Personal Injury Lawsuits Involving Foodborne Pathogens," The Journal of Consumer Affairs 36 (2): 220-38, Winter 2002.

Buzby, Jean C., Paul D. Frenzen, and Barbara Rasco. Product Liability and Microbial Foodborne Illness, USDA, ERS, AER-799, April 2001.

Buzby, Jean C., and Paul D. Frenzen. "Food Safety and Product Liability," Food Policy 24 (6):637-51, December 1999.

McDonald, James, Kuchler, Fred, Buzby, Jean C., Lee, Fitzroy, and Aldrich, Lorna. User-Fee Financing of USDA Meat and Poultry Inspection USDA, ERS, AER775, March 1999.

Buzby, Jean C., John A. Fox, Richard C. Ready, and Stephen R. Crutchfield. "Measuring Consumer Benefits of Food Safety Risk Reductions," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 30 (1): 69-82, July 1998.

Buzby, Jean C., Ban M. Allos, and Tanya Roberts. "Economic Burden of C. jejuni-induced GBS," The Journal of Infectious Diseases 176 (2): S192-7, 1997.

Buzby, Jean C., Tanya Roberts, and B.M. Allos. Estimated Annual Costs of Campylobacter-Associated Guillain-Barré Syndrome, USDA, ERS, AER-756, July 1997.

Buzby, Jean C., Tanya Roberts, C.T.J. Lin, and Jim M. MacDonald. Bacterial Foodborne Disease: Medical Costs and Productivity Losses, USDA, ERS, AER-741, August 1996.


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