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Basic Regulatory Strategies (sec 4)
The purpose of this page is to briefly introduce the strategies used in the United States to direct each sector in the food industry to follow practices that minimize the risk of a food safety problem.
The U.S. food system can be described as consisting of several basic sectors:
U.S. law approaches each sector somewhat differently when addressing the safety of our food system. The following list introduces those strategies. The purpose of this page is to briefly introduce the strategies used in the United States to direct each sector in the food industry to follow practices that minimize the risk of a food safety problem.
The following list introduces the basic strategy used to direct each sector of the food industry.
As U.S. food law continues to evolve, the basic regulatory strategy for each sector is being modified and refined. Consequently, the differences and similarities among the strategies directed at the several sectors of the industry also are changing. For example, indications are that the production sector is trending towards more regulation; perhaps not as much regulation as is directed to the processing sector, but certainly more regulation than the production sector has had in the past. Likewise, the relationship between the sectors also is changing as food law evolves, such as the implementation of farm-to-fork traceability. This interconnected requirement will substantially impact the differences and commonalities among the regulatory strategies directed at the various sectors of the food industry.
The next section addresses regulation of the processing sector; this is the focus of this course. The other sectors of the food industry (production, retail, preparation away from home, and consumers) are briefly addressed in another section (on another page).
The next section overviews Regulating the Food Processing Sector.
Last Updated November 17, 2010
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