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Follow the food: Safety laws shape global trade

Nations should carefully consider how establishing or changing their food safety laws could influence global trade, experts caution.

Social network analysis of global trade patterns for corn shows that the food safety regulations imposed by national governments are an indicator of how countries organize themselves for trade, according to research published today in PLOS ONE.

“Like attracts like. Nations with similar food safety regulations tend to trade more with each other, which could have important policy implications,” says lead author Felicia Wu, an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

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