Response to a Food Safety Problem in Produce

A case study of a cyclosporiasis outbreak
  • Linda Calvin
  • William Foster
  • Luis Solorzano
  • J. Daniel Mooney
  • Luis Flores
  • Veronica Barrios


Imports play an increasingly important role in produce consumption in the United States. In 1996, imports accounted for 38 percent of fresh fruit consumption and 14 percent of fresh vegetable consumption (Lucier, Pollack, and Perez 1997). Although infrequent, food contamination problems, traced to both domestic and imported produce, have raised consumer concerns about food safety generally and about the sources of fresh produce specifically (Tauxe 1997). Although researchers have not found clear evidence that imported produce poses more health risks than domestic produce (Zepp, Kuchler, and Lucier 1998), a small number of well-publicized incidents of contamination implicating foreign producers has increased consumer awareness of the possible role imports might have in food safety problems. In the global economy for fresh produce, a food safety problem in an exporting country has important effects on producers and consumers in the importing country and on producers in other countries competing in the same market.


Food Safety Consumer Confidence Food Safety Standard Canadian Food Inspection Agency Large Buyer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda Calvin
    • 1
  • William Foster
    • 2
  • Luis Solorzano
    • 3
  • J. Daniel Mooney
    • 4
  • Luis Flores
    • 5
  • Veronica Barrios
    • 6
  1. 1.Specialty Crops Branch, Market and Trade Economics Division, Economic Research ServiceDepartment of AgricultureUSA
  2. 2.Pontifical Catholic UniversitySantiagoChile
  3. 3.Food and Drug AdministrationUSA
  4. 4.vice president of the Guatemalan Berry Commissionraspberry producer, executive director of the High-Level Commission for Food SafetyGuatemala
  5. 5.Integral Program for Agricultural and Environmental ProtectionGuatemala
  6. 6.Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, and Rural Developmentsubdirector of the Nontraditional Markets Identification and Promotion BoardMexico

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