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On the linkages between traceability levels and expected and actual traceability costs and benefits in the Italian fishery supply chain

Boecker, A., Asioli, D. and Canavari, M. (2014) On the linkages between traceability levels and expected and actual traceability costs and benefits in the Italian fishery supply chain. Food Control, 46. 10 - 17. ISSN 0956-7135

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.foodcont.2014.04.048

Abstract/Summary

EC Regulation 178/2002 introduced mandatory traceability for all food operators, but they can choose the level of traceability. We propose a model incorporating three indices of traceability – breadth, depth and precision – that affect costs and benefits. We empirically test the model by regression analyses, using data collected on a sample of Italian fish processors. While higher precision corresponds with larger perceived benefits, an increasing traceability breadth raises costs. A measure of the extent of the discrepancy between expected and actual costs and benefits is also established. Implications are discussed in light of future uptake of continuously advancing traceability technologies.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:No Reading authors. Back catalogue items
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Food Economics and Marketing (FEM)
ID Code:76160
Uncontrolled Keywords:Traceability, Breadth, Precision, Costs, Benefits, Fishery processors
Publisher:Elsevier

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