Regulated and unregulated environments

A major factor determining one's perspective on mycotoxin contamination is the presence of legally enforced regulations on the levels of a mycotoxin in foods. Safe food is considered a public good, but if one is on the supply side of the issue then the presence or absence of enforced regulations impacts management, market access and profitability. In response to these pressures, a farmer may change his choice of crops or may invest in technologies that can control and manage the contamination problem. To the protagonists of trade development, regulations may be viewed as protectionist trade barriers, but to laboratories providing analytical services they provide revenue opportunities.

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