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Food Safety & International Markets

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Globalization of the food supply means new food-safety risks and previously controlled risks can be introduced into countries, and contaminated food can be spread across greater geographic areas. Food-safety concerns may reduce demand for certain products, alter international food trade patterns, and limit market access for some exporters. Food-safety issues related to international trade present challenges for policymakers to guard and/or enhance national food supplies.

ERS conducts analysis of global food safety that includes the interplay of regulation and marketing incentives in promoting food safety; labeling and traceability; and impacts of specific foodborne illness outbreaks traced to imports. ERS maintains a set of data on phytosanitary regulation of U.S. fresh fruit and vegetable imports.  The agency's research has included analysis of potential risks associated with food imports from China.


Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

For more information contact: Jean C. Buzby and Peyton Ferrier