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Ital J Food Saf. 2014 Dec 29;4(4):4931. eCollection 2015 Nov 2.

The Role of Geographical Indication in Supporting Food Safety: A not Taken for Granted Nexus.

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University of Cassino and Southern Lazio , Cassino, Italy.


The paper focuses on the role of geographical indication in supporting strategies of food safety. Starting from the distinction between generic and specific quality, the article analyses the main factors influencing food safety in cases of geographical indication products, by stressing the importance of traceability systems and biodiversity in securing generic and specific quality. In the second part, the paper investigates the coordination problems behind a designation of origin and conditions to foster an effective collective action, a prerequisite to grant food safety through geographical indications.


Coordination; Food safety; Geographical indication

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