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Improving food safety through self-regulation: Exploring the applicability of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system to the spinach and peanut industries
Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal (2013)
  • A. Bryce Hoflund, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Michelle C. Pautz, University of Dayton
Abstract

Abstract: Recent years have seen a plethora of incidents in the United States that have called attention to food safety, including spinach, peanut, lettuce, and ground beef recalls. Unsurprisingly in the wake of these recalls, the propensity has been to advocate for additional government regulation. This proclivity begs the question, however, is more reform what is needed? The food safety regulatory system in the U.S. is massive and fragmented; are more regulations the answer to ensuring the safety of food? Skeptics may argue that the only way to ensure the food processing industry is kept in line is through rigid regulations and that they are unlikely to voluntarily do anything. Through elite interviews with food safety professionals in government, industry, and interest groups, we have uncovered a growing movement for adopting self-regulatory mechanisms to ensure food safety. In particular, we examine the application of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system. We argue that instead of passing more regulations, we should look to these self-regulatory mechanisms as feasible options for ensuring the safety of food in the U.S. As we have learned in other regulatory arenas, self-regulatory mechanisms enable traditionally adversarial actors to come together and work collectively towards a common goal in partnership. In this paper, we explore the applicability, strengths and challenges of adopting this self-regulatory approach to the produce industry. This case study buttresses our argument for embracing more self-regulatory practices in ensuring food safety.

Keywords
  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points,
  • Food Safety,
  • Self-Regulation
Disciplines
Publication Date
2013
Citation Information
A. Bryce Hoflund and Michelle C. Pautz. "Improving food safety through self-regulation: Exploring the applicability of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system to the spinach and peanut industries" Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal Vol. 2 Iss. 1 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michelle_pautz/15/