The Changing Landscape of Food Governance

The Changing Landscape of Food Governance

Public and Private Encounters

Edited by Tetty Havinga, Frans van Waarden and Donal Casey

As markets become more globalized, they have also become governed by an increasingly complex array of public and private regulation. This volume investigates the changing landscape of food governance. In so doing, the contributions to his volume provide insights into broader analytical issues that have concerned regulatory governance scholars. These include the legitimacy and effectiveness of public and private regulation, the interaction of networks of regulation, regulatory responses to crisis and the distribution of power in regulatory arrangements.

Chapter 9: Food quality through networks in the European wine industry

Federica Casarosa and Marco Gobbato

Subjects: law - academic, regulation and governance, politics and public policy, regulation and governance


In recent times, state regulation concerning food safety and quality has been progressively replaced by self-or co-regulatory arrangements requiring that companies, within the whole food chain or in a given phase, implement their own food safety and quality systems. This shift, encouraged by States that rely on higher compliance with private regulation, has triggered the adoption of private standards drafted by private firms within the food chain. These standards mainly relate to food safety, but they can also focus on food quality standards, which move from the default level defined by ‘safe’ products towards a higher one, where the decision concerning the type of products and the methods of processing can also become an added value embedded in the final product. In this latter case, the standards usually go beyond the requirements established by public standards as, for instance, requirements for more stringent or more extensive rules concerning the selection of raw materials are defined. Additionally, quality standards may extend vertically, controlling either upper or lower layers in the value chain.

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