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Title: In Search of a Balanced Relationship: Public and Private Food Safety Standards and International Law
Authors: Wouters, Jan
Marx, Axel
Hachez, Nicolas
Issue Date: May-2009
Publisher: Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is thus to analyze how the interconnection between
international food safety standards and the rules of free trade is playing out and what
the end-result of such interplay is for the potentially conflicting objectives of free
trade and food safety. In performing this analysis, the paper opposes the merits of
two types of food safety standards, public and private standards, in order to
determine which of them is more likely to constitute an appropriate regulatory model
for transnational food safety in the context of the WTO-led liberalization of the
international trade in food products. The paper opposes two concrete examples of
such standards, namely the public Codex Alimentarius standards, which have been
assigned a formal role by the WTO; and the private GLOBALG.A.P. Standard for
agricultural products, which is developed in isolation from international trade rules.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IR
Appears in Collections:Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies
Research Unit International and Foreign Law - miscellaneous
Institute for International Law

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