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Governance Reform of German food safety regulation: Cosmetic or real?

Steiner, Bodo (2006): Governance Reform of German food safety regulation: Cosmetic or real? Published in: European Food Safety Regulation: The Challenge of Multi-Level Governance (2006): pp. 181-210.

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Abstract

Discussion of institutional changes made by the German government in response to the emergence of the first cases of BSE in Germany in 2000. Due to the establishment of a large-scale private sector quality assurance scheme, regulation moved away from publicly mandated food safety regulations toward industry-led initiatives (so-called QS system). The paper discusses whether changes in regulation, administration, and liability standards have improved the effectiveness and the allocative efficiency of German food safety regulation.

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