More Details about Quality Management In Food Chains

General Information  
Author(s)Ludwig Theuvsen and Achim Spiller and Martina Peupert and Gabriele Jahn
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
ISBN9789076998909
Pages512
BindingHardbound
LanguageEnglish
Publish YearMay 2007

Description

This publication comprises material on recent studies on quality management in agri-food chains. Due to several food crisis' (e.g. BSE, Foot-and-Mouth disease) and growing demands for food quality and safety, quality management systems and quality assurance schemes have been widely adopted in different countries in recent years. Scientific knowledge about the features, the acceptance and the effectiveness and efficiency of these newly introduced quality management initiatives, has remained scarce until now. The material, by experts in the field, focuses on the evaluation of quality management systems and quality assurance schemes. The main issues are the costs and benefits of quality management given the influence of the public sector and consumers' expectations about food quality and safety. Not only are benchmarking and harmonisation methods examined with regard to their impact on the effectiveness of quality assurance schemes, but, also the role of trust, cooperation and integration for efficient quality management is discussed. Different economic theories such as microeconomics, organization and marketing theory as well as advanced statistical methods are applied. Concepts are discussed from the various points of view of industrialised, export-oriented and developing countries