Food safety and food security in the CANAMEX trade corridor

Eric P. Thor, Octavio Valdez Lafarga

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Purpose - The CANAMEX Trade Corridor plays an important role in routing food supplies for fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, and meats in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Over 400,000 trucks per annum travel this north-south corridor. Industries, consumers, and federal agencies cooperate to make sure food safety and food security works for all participants. Methodology/approach - This chapter outlines the underlying factors in North American food supply efforts and highlights some of the disputes and settlements that constitute an important part of the North American food safety system. Findings - Along the CANAMEX Trade Corridor cooperative efforts are being made by all three nations to improve the food safety and food security system for North America. Food safety and food security information is provided in three major languages (English, French, and Spanish) and in over 50 Native American languages. Practical implications - The modal view of trade in the CANAMEX Trade Corridor shows that 75% of goods move by truck, 18% by rail, and 7% by air (United States Department of Transportation. (2001). US international trade and freight transportation trends. Washington, DC: US Department of Transportation). As border security and food safety/ security technology issues heighten, CANAMEX becomes increasingly important in NAFTA negotiations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-144
Number of pages12
JournalFrontiers of Economics and Globalization
StatePublished - 2016


  • CANAMEX Trade Corridor
  • Food safety
  • Food security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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