Food Safety and Trade Liberalization in an Age of Globalization

Aginam, Obijiofor and Hansen, Christina (2008). Food Safety and Trade Liberalization in an Age of Globalization. United Nations University.

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  • Author Aginam, Obijiofor
    Hansen, Christina
    Title Food Safety and Trade Liberalization in an Age of Globalization
    Volume/Issue No. 6
    Publication Date 2008-08-27
    Place of Publication Tokyo
    Publisher United Nations University
    Pages 7
    Language eng
    Abstract While globalization brings opportunities for economic growth, international trade creates opportunities for the globaliza- tion of unsafe food. As trade liberaliza- tion opens the territorial boundaries of nation-st ates for traded goods and ser- vices, frequent and recurring instances of food contamination threaten the health, trust and confi dence of consumers. To guarantee sustainability and social respon- sibility, the implementation and enforce- ment of food safety standards should effectively involve multiple actors: states, internat ional organizations, the food industry, consumer groups and civil society. This would create an oppor- tunity to balance trade and food safety concerns, enabling consumers to make informed choices. Today, certainty over food safety may also prevent a down- turn in the volume of traded food as a consequence of staggering energy prices that discourage expensive transport. Better and broader access to systematic food safety information may be part of an answer to the quest for optimised consumer choice.
    Copyright Holder United Nations University Press
    Copyright Year 2008
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISSN 1814802
    ISBN 9789280830
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