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Global Food Governance

Implications of Food Safety and Quality Standards in International Trade Law

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Mariela Maidana-Eletti

With increasingly globalised markets, changing consumer preferences and the steady development of technologies influencing food trade flows, safety and quality concerns have triggered the development of new forms of global (food) governance. Since its creation in 1995, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has succeeded in providing a multilateral legal framework for the development of regulatory practices through its multiple agreements. Similarly, the continuing importance of regional and bilateral trade agreements, such as in the European Union and in Switzerland, has enhanced WTO’s accomplishments through a comprehensive and dynamic set of international rules and standards for trade. However, the changing trends in the production and distribution of food products have questioned the effectiveness of the regulatory status quo. This book addresses the legal aspects of the current global architecture for food governance, particularly with regard to the role of international standards. In doing so, this work attempts at mapping the implications of domestic food measures in international trade law.

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AB (WTO) Appellate Body AG Aktiengesellschaft AIDCO Agreement on International Dolphin Conserva- tion Program Appl. Econ. P. Pol. Oxford Journal of Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy Art./s Article/s ASEAN Association of Southeast Asian Nations BGBl. (German) Bundesgesetzblatt BMELV Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Land- wirtschaft BRC British Retail Consortium BSE Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy BVerwG Bundesverwaltungsgericht/German Federal Ad- ministrative Court C Case CAC Codex Alimentarius Commission CDIP WIPO Committee on Development and Intellec- tual Property Cf. Confer Co. Company COM Communication Conf. Conference COOL Country of Origin Labelling Cth Commonwealth of Australia Dir. (EU) Directive Doc. Document DS WTO Dispute Settlement e.g. exemplia gratia/for example EC European Communities EEC European Economic Community ECJ European Court of Justice XVI ECR European Communities Report ed/eds Editor/s EFSA European Food Safety Authority EFTA European Free Trade Association EG Europäische Gemeinschaft et al. et alibi/and others et seq. et sequens/and that which follows EU European Union FAO Food and Agriculture Organisation FCTC WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control FDFA Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs fr. French FTA Free Trade Agreement GAP Good Agricultural Practices GATT General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade ger. German GFSI Global Food Safety Initiative GlobalGAP Global Partnership for Good Agricultural Practices IFG (German) Informationsfreiheitsgesetz IFS International Food Standard Inc. Incorporation IPPC International Plant Protection Convention ISA International Federation of the National Standard- izing Associations ISO International Organization for Standardization Iss. Issue LBFG (German) Lebensmittel-, Bedarfsgegenstände- und Futtermittelgesetzbuch Ltd. Limited MERCOSUR Mercado Común del Sur MIT Massachusetts...

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