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dc.contributor.authorOllinger, Michaelen
dc.contributor.authorBovay, Johnen
dc.description.abstractBeginning in 2003, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) put forth a series of Federal Register announcements regarding the public disclosure of results of tests for Salmonella in chicken carcasses. In particular, FSIS suggested in 2003 that it might disclose the identities of any slaughter or ground meat plant failing its Salmonella tests if test performance did not improve, and in 2004 the service increased regulatory scrutiny of plants not meeting FSIS Salmonella standards. In 2006, FSIS introduced a more easily-understood measure of food-safety quality and indicated that public disclosure would be forthcoming if results of tests for Salmonella did not improve; FSIS targeted the chicken-slaughter industry with a high degree of specificity. In 2008, FSIS began reporting the names of chicken-slaughter plants with poor performance on tests for Salmonella in chicken carcasses. This article examines the effects of these regulatory actions on Salmonella test outcomes. We find that (1) announcements in 2003 and 2004 were associated with improved performance by the poorest-performing chicken-slaughter plants; (2) the introduction of an easily-understood measure of food-safety quality and the threat of disclosure of the identities of poorly performing plants in 2006 were associated with improved performance by all chicken-slaughter plants; and (3) implementation of a public disclosure program in 2008 was associated with improvements among better-performing chicken-slaughter plants.en
dc.description.sponsorshipUSDA, Economic Research ServiceUnited States Department of Agriculture (USDA)en
dc.rightsPublic Domainen
dc.subjectChicken slaughteren
dc.subjectfood safetyen
dc.subjectmoral hazarden
dc.titleProducer Response to Public Disclosure of Food-Safety Informationen
dc.typeArticle - Refereeden
dc.contributor.departmentAgricultural and Applied Economicsen
dc.description.notesThe authors received helpful comments from the editor Tim Richards, three anonymous reviewers, seminar participants at the University of California at Davis and the University of Connecticut, and colleagues at the USDA Economic Research Service. James Wilkus of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service provided the data that was analyzed. The findings and conclusions in this publication are those of the author(s) and should not be construed to represent any official USDA or U.S. government determination or policy. The research was supported by the USDA, Economic Research Service.en
dc.title.serialAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economicsen
dc.description.adminPublic domain – authored by a U.S. government employeeen

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