"In order to channel and enrich the debate among practitioners, academics, policy makers and the general public, more books like Food Regulation and Trade. . . are needed."
Journal of International Economic Law
"This comprehensive book examines various impediments towards creating a well-functioning global trade in food products. . . . Considerable breadth and empirical data are strong points of this book."
Global Law Books
Food Regulation and Trade: Toward a Safe and Open Global System
by Tim Josling
200 pp. ISBN paper 0-88132-346-2 $29.95
Guarding the safety of a nation's food supply, ensuring quality, and providing information to consumers so that they can make informed food purchase choices are widely accepted as universal obligations of governments. But differences in the way that governments fulfill these obligations can lead to trade conflicts. The potential for such conflicts increases as more affluent and safety-conscious consumers demand additional regulations in the national food systems. Governments should handle these conflicts in a way that both upholds food safety standardsand public confidence in themand preserves the framework for trade and the benefits of an open food system.This book examines the current state of regulation of the increasingly global food system, analyzes the underlying causes of the trade conflicts (both those that are currently evident and those that are waiting in the wings), and outlines the steps that could be taken to ensure that food safety and open trade become, at the least, compatible and, at best, mutually supporting.
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