Potential Impacts of Foodborne Illness Incidences on Market Movements and Prices of Fresh Produce in the U.S. Academic Article uri icon


  • This study investigates the potential impacts of food safety outbreaks on domestic shipments, imports, and prices of the produce industry. Three case studies were analyzed to assess these potential impacts: the cantaloupe outbreak of MarchApril 2008, the spinach outbreak of September 2006, and the tomato outbreak of JuneJuly 2008. Data-determined historical decompositions were conducted to provide a weekly picture of domestic shipment, import, and price fluctuation transmissions. The empirical analysis based on a vector autoregression (VAR) model showed differences in the results depending on the source of the outbreak (domestic vs. imported).

published proceedings

  • Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics

author list (cited authors)

  • Palma, M. A., Ribera, L. A., Bessler, D., Paggi, M., & Knutson, R. D.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Palma, Marco A||Ribera, Luis A||Bessler, David||Paggi, Mechel||Knutson, Ronald D

publication date

  • November 2010