Vegetables and Pulses Outlook No. (VGS-305-01) 23 pp

December 2004

The Economics of Food Safety: The Case of Green Onions and Hepatitis A Outbreaks

Using the example of recent hepatitis A outbreaks in the United States associated with green onions from Mexico, this report examines the economics of food safety. It reviews the incentives to adopt additional food safety practices and the economic impact of an outbreak on green onion growers in Mexico.

Keywords: food safety, green onions, produce, hepatitis A, foodborne illness outbreaks, Mexico, good agricultural practices (GAPs)

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