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Solving the Problem of Scale - The European approach to import safety and import security concerns

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This paper provides a timely analysis on how Europe addresses the growing concerns about import safety and security of both food and consumer products. In so doing, it examines the European product safety framework as it applies to both domestic and imported products as well as the existing import control mechanisms. It then proceeds to identify the main features of the European regime, such as the rapid alert systems (RASFF and RAPEX). It finally analyzes the partial reform following the 2007 "summer of recalls" when over 18 million toys were recalled globally. The recent melamine dairy scandal is presented as an interesting case study illustrating the European approach to import safety by exemplifying its reactive rather than proactive nature.
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hal-00493798 , version 1 (21-06-2010)

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Alberto Alemanno. Solving the Problem of Scale - The European approach to import safety and import security concerns. C. Coglianese, A. Finkel, D. Zahring (eds). Import Safety: Regulatory Governance in the Global Economy, University of Pennsylvania Press, pp.NC, 2009. ⟨hal-00493798⟩

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