Journal Article

Cost-Effective Hazard Control in Food Handling

John A. Fox and David A. Hennessy

in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 81, issue 2, pages 359-372
Published in print May 1999 | ISSN: 0002-9092
Published online May 1999 | e-ISSN: 1467-8276 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1244587
Cost-Effective Hazard Control in Food Handling

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We develop a bioeconomic model to investigate postharvest food quality control. The trade-off between costly intervention and economic damage is studied when economic parameters, such as fixed and variable costs of control, and biological parameters, such as the stochastic rate of contamination and the growth rate of contaminants, are altered. The model can accommodate alternative environmental settings. Regulations through random inspections and through terminal inspections are analyzed. As an illustration, optimal actions to control insect infestations in stored wheat are simulated and found to be in accord with commercial practice.

Keywords: bioeconomics; food quality; grain storage; intervention strategies; spoilage; D180; Q180

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Subjects: Household Behaviour and Family Economics ; Agricultural Economics

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