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 12: Between public and private requirements: Challenges and opportunities for the export of tropical fruits from developing countries to the EU

Vanessa Constant Laforce

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


The export of tropical fruits from developing countries (DCs) to the European Union (EU) offers significant economic and social gains. Food scares over the last two decades in industrialised countries have led to increasingly stringent food safety regulations. Consumers’ concerns about the safety and quality of food have also influenced the private sector, which has developed numerous standards for imported fruits sold in supermarkets. In addition to EU regulations, developing countries (DCs) have also to comply with the evolving ‘voluntary’ requirements imposed by private companies in order to participate in value chains. Consequently, the export of tropical fruits from DCs are affected by food safety regulations and standards imposed by both EU governmental and non-governmental actors. With food safety being a top priority for both the public and private sectors, there is a need to examine the development of these requirements as applied to tropical fruits. Therefore, this chapter critically analyses, from a legal perspective, the issues of exporting tropical fruits to the EU market.

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