food safety risk assessment, meat standards, poultry standards, regulation, genetically engineered (GE) products, consumer preferences, World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements, Codex Alimentarius, hormone use, trade agreements, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement (TTIP), regulatory framework

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We are now less dependent on locally available food resources that we have ever been. The continuing industrialization of food production, the advancement in technologies and the rapid development of supply chains granted us the luxury of immediate access to a variety of products originating from local supermarkets all over the world. This, along with the greater level of food production industrialization, inevitably comes the rise of related food safety risks. Because of the enlargement of producing operations, an emerging safety threat in one place may result in a foodborne illness outbreak thousands of miles away from its place of production.