If agro-food businesses are left to their own devices, with no controls, products reach market which may harm human, plant and animal health. This can happen by accident (through the ignorance of the business operators) or intentionally (by unscrupulous operators seeking to maximise revenues). The sale of products which are not safe damages the interest of all producers, and undermines consumer confidence, and reduces prices obtained by producers. It also undermines the incentive for investment in improved safety of products, since good operators (who sustain higher costs due to their investment) are undercut by low cost producers of unsafe products. A strong regulation, which identifies non-compliant operators and prevents their products reaching the market helps to keep the sector competetive. This is particularly important in relation to international trade.
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