Information, retail channel and consumers WTP for food safety in Argentina

Berges, Miriam; Casellas, Karina; Echeverría, Lucía y Urquiza Jozami, Gonzalo (2018). Information, retail channel and consumers WTP for food safety in Argentina. Comunicación presentada en 30 International Conference of Agricultural Economists, Vancouver [CAN], July 28-August 2, 2018.

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In Argentina, the incidence of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is high, with approximately 420 new cases observed each year. A strain called VTEC 0157 of Escherichia coli (E. coli) was identified as the primary cause of HUS. The retail sale of beef in Argentina is marketed mainly without labels, brands or certifications, in butchers shops that represent 75% of the market share. In the context of the Healthy Butchers program, bacteriological evaluations at butcher shops detected cross contamination of food with pathogens in beef retail environment. In this paper, we measure consumer preferences for selected food safety attributes in beef and butcher shops, taking their information and knowledge about safety into account. We use a discrete choice experiment to assess consumers WTP using primary data from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Results suggest that consumers' utility increases when there is a cashier at the butcher shop, the butcher wears gloves and uses recommended tables to cut meat, and beef products have a properly lay out at meat display fridge at consumers' sight. Consumers' knowledge and information about foodborne diseases and beef contamination risks increase the WTP for safety attributes at butcher shops. This effect is especially stronger for the last two mentioned attributes, which require a more detailed observation from consumers. Implications for food retail managers and policy-makers are discussed.

Tipo de Documento: Documento de Conferencia (Paper)
Conferencia: 30 International Conference of Agricultural Economists
Inst. Patrocinadora: International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE)
  • Publicado: Agosto 2018
Palabras Clave: Preferencias del Consumidor, Seguridad Alimentaria, Atributos de Calidad, Disposición a Pagar, Carne, Modelo de Elección Discreta
Filiación: Facultad de Cs. Económicas y Sociales > Centro de Inv. Económicas y Sociales > Grupo Economía Agraria
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