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Lunch Seminar on 11.12.2018 by Dr Tetty Havinga: The Integration of Private Assurance Schemes in the Context of Official Food Safety Controls

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November 9, 2018

PAP-LAW Lunch Seminar
Dr. ir. Tetty Havinga, Radboud University Nijmegen:
The Integration of Private Assurance Schemes in the Context of
Official Food Safety Controls

11 December, 12.30-13.15 hours
Leeuwenborch, room C78

Tetty Havinga (Associate Professor Sociology of Law, Radboud University) will discuss the role private assurance schemes play in the enforcement of food safety legislation in European countries. Her recent research projects deal with the development and effects of private regulation of food safety, oversight and officials controls on the food industry, and the initiatives to align public and private forms of food safety governance. She co-edited Hybridization of food governance: Trends, types and results (2017), Patterns of Interplay between Public and Private Food Regulation (2015 EJRR) and The changing landscape of food governance, Public and private encounters (2015).

Modern food governance is increasingly hybrid, involving government, industry and civil society actors. From the 1990s, the food industry has developed food safety standards. Today these private standards play an important role in many food supply chains. European Union member states must conduct food safety inspections and in doing this they should take into account any information that might signal non-compliance. Only recently competent food authorities in some member states have begun to use information from private assurance schemes. Tetty will present some results of a survey of public food authorities on existing forms of collaboration with private food safety assurance schemes. Important reasons for public authorities to take private assurance schemes into account are that it contributes to compliance with regulations, that it implies efficient and effective use of public budget, and that unnecessary duplication of controls is avoided. However, reliance on private audits may also involve risks, such as losing consumer confidence and regulatory capture.

Coffee and tea are provided.

Contact with organizer: jeroen.candel@wur.nl