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Third-party Certification, Food Standards and Quality Assurance in Supply Chains

Souza Monteiro, Diogo M, Anders, Sven (2009) Third-party Certification, Food Standards and Quality Assurance in Supply Chains. Journal on Chain and Network Science, 9 (2). pp. 83-88. ISSN 1569-1829. (doi:10.3920/JCNS2009.x164) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)


This paper develops a theoretical framework to address and discuss issues of certifier effort, firm size and cost differences in the provision of credible third-party certification services in vertical food supply chains. The emergence of private and voluntary food standards have opened a fast growing market for the provision of independent third-party certification services for a range of credence attributes from origin, through food quality and safety to social and environmental attributes. This study argues that the quality of certification may be affected by the number of heterogeneous standards a certifier is accredited to verify. Moreover, results suggest that the quality of more complex and costly testing protocols and standards resulting in overall higher certification cost may be better served by smaller certification bodies that on average exert higher effort levels. This finding seems of particular relevance to food chain management given the growing proliferation of highly specialized private standards and contractual arrangements in international food supply.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3920/JCNS2009.x164
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Marketing
Depositing User: Jennifer Knapp
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2010 11:31 UTC
Last Modified: 28 May 2019 15:39 UTC
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