Are Food Certification Costs Misestimated? Exporter‐Perspective on the European Standard uri icon

abstract

  • Food safety regulations aimed at controlling food contamination have sometimes been criticised as excessive burdens, disadvantaging smaller firms and exports from developing nations. Reported food safety expenditures appear relatively small (from < 1 to 7% of the value of production) but can erode profit margins for many firms. This article responds to claims that reported firm-level expenditures do not reflect true costs of compliance with food safety systems. We estimate incidental cost savings and uncounted costs associated with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) certification among Philippine seafood producers by modelling the interactions between conventional production and food safety expenditures using translog cost functions. Results indicate a significant underestimation of reported HACCP costs by an average of US$1.10 for a dollar of reported expenditure.

publication date

  • 2011
  • 2011