A review of Chinese food safety strategies implemented after several food safety incidents involving export of Chinese aquatic products
Posted: January 23rd, 2012 - 5:58pm
Source: British Food Journal
Purpose - The rapid transition from a command to market-based economy in China has required the development of a food safety system for aquatic products where one did not previously exist. The pace of change has meant that food safety systems have struggled to keep up. In 2007 food safety incidents that damaged aquatic products reputation in export markets. The Chinese government has moved quickly to strengthen the safety regime for aquatic products. The purpose of this paper is to assess these initiatives in the context of their potential to regain international acceptance of Chinese aquatic products.
Design/methodology/approach - A regulatory assessment approach is used.
Findings - The findings are that increased government oversight alone is not likely to lead to a fully effective food safety system for aquatic products. The development of private sector-based incentives to encourage investment in food safety is an essential co-requisite to increased government oversight if China’s access to international markets is to be assured.
Originality/value - The value of this study lies in light is sheds on the efforts of a major player in the international market for aquatic products to improve the efficacy of its food safety system. China’s regulatory regimes are often opaque limiting the ability of those wishing to assess the advisability of importing food products from China.