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Regulatory aspects of EU-Thai trade relations in the area of food safety

Rakpong, J.; (2012) Regulatory aspects of EU-Thai trade relations in the area of food safety. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis identifies the main characteristics of EU food safety regulation and explores its impact on stakeholders in Thailand. It provides an overview of the principles and mechanisms that underpin EU food safety law and presents two detailed case studies in the areas of baby corn and poultry. The account presented is based not only on doctrinal analysis and but also upon in-depth interviews with relevant stakeholders in Thailand. The case studies highlight the far-reaching cross-border impacts of both official EU food safety regulation and of private standards, such as those put in place by EU supermarket chains. Positive and negative cross-border impacts are identified. The most striking and pervasive negative effects arise in relation to private standards. The thesis argues that this is in part because mechanisms to ensure the external accountability of private standard-setting bodies are absent or deficient in several respects. This stands in contrast to the situation in relation to official EU food safety regulation where the World Trade Organisation and what is described as the ‘Competent Authority Model’ succeed in instantiating effective external accountability relationships between the EU and affected stakeholders abroad. Using insights gained from stakeholders’ experiences and concerns, this thesis evaluates the principles and mechanisms that underpin EU official food safety regulation and private standards and, crucially, it also puts forward constructive suggestions to help resolve or mitigate the cross-border problems that arise.

Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Title:Regulatory aspects of EU-Thai trade relations in the area of food safety
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language:English
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Laws

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