Food Safety in China: A Comprehensive Review

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    • Examines the complete food supply chain system in China
    • Reveals the principal factors influencing food safety
    • Describes how China's food safety incidents are mostly caused by human factors
    • Explains the comprehensive regulatory coordination mechanism that has been established to address food safety issues



    China is the world’s top agricultural producer according to a World Trade Organization 2010 report, but a growing number of alarming safety issues has put the world’s top manufacturer of food on the defensive. Food Safety in China: A Comprehensive Review chronicles China’s current food safety problems from a professional perspective. This text describes key concepts, incorporates a research thread, considers various methods, provides context, and presents main conclusions. Containing investigative research and presenting an authoritative analysis of the subject, this text considers the complex issues that span the entire food supply chain system. It provides an overview of the current food safety situation, as well as its development and changes. It also details the structure of the food safety support system, and addresses growing concerns.

    Explores Involvement in Stages

    The book considers the interrelationship between the government, producers and traders, and consumers. It studies technical and management issues, and explains how that impacts businesses, the government regulatory system, and the end user. Factoring in the risks that can be caused by both natural and human influences, including the abuse of food additives, this book reviews the efforts put forth by China to prevent food safety issues. It examines the changing track of food safety (including imported and exported products) in key aspects such as production, circulation, and consumption from 2006 to 2011 based on empirical investigation and comprehensive use of various statistical data, and examines most specifically China's food safety situation in 2011.

    This book addresses:

    • Food production and processing
    • Food transportation
    • Food consumption
    • Environment and consumer awareness of food safety
    • Efforts and technical means of the government in food regulation
    • Social responsibility of food producers and traders, and moral traits and professional qualities of employees
    • Rationality, effectiveness, and operability of the technical specifications in production, processing, circulation, and consumption

    Food Safety in China: A Comprehensive Review provides an assessment of the actual state and future trends of the food safety risk in China. This text is an ideal resource for food product developers, regulators and government researchers, regulatory agencies, policy makers, and policy analysts as well as universities, colleges, researchers, students, investors, importers, exporters, and manufacturers of food.

    Table of Contents

    Market Supply and Quality and Safety of Major Edible Agricultural Products

    Production and Market Supply of Major Edible

    Agricultural Products

    Structural Changes of Major Edible Agricultural Products

    Production Mode Transition of Edible Agricultural Products

    Production and Market Development of Emerging Edible Agricultural Products

    Changes in Quality and Safety of Major Edible Agricultural Products Based on Monitoring Data

    Main Problems in Enhancing Edible Agricultural Product Quality and Safety

    Food Industry Development and Food Quality in the Production Chain

    Food Industry Development and Quantitative Security

    Changes in Food Quality in Production and Processing: Based on Pass Rates in national Quality Checks

    Major Problems of Food Quality and Safety in Production and Processing

    Food Safety Supervision in Circulation and Food Quality and Safety

    Establishment of a System of Food Safety Supervision in Circulation

    Special Law Enforcement Inspection of Food Safety and Safety Incident Management in Circulation

    Food Quality and Safety Supervision in Circulation

    Consumer Food Safety Evaluation and Complaints

    Main Problems of Food Quality and Safety Supervision in Circulation

    Quality and Safety of Import and Export Food

    Quality and Safety of Exported Food

    Quality and Safety of Imported Food

    A Brief Comparison of the Quality and Safety between

    Imported and Exported Food and Basic Conclusions

    Food Safety Risk Assessment and Risk Characteristic Analysis at the Macrolevel

    Food Safety Risk Assessment from the Perspective of Management

    Food Safety Risk Assessment during 2006–2012

    Analysis of Changes in Food Safety Risk during 2006–2012

    Major Characteristics of Food Safety Risks at This Stage: Human Factors

    Major Characteristics of Human-Induced Food Safety Risks

    Main Contradiction in Preventing Food Safety Risks

    Food Safety Evaluation and Concerns of Urban and Rural Residents

    Survey Description and Respondent Demographics

    Food Safety Evaluation and Confidence in Its Future Trend

    The Most Important Food Safety Risk Factor and Level of Worry

    Judgment Regarding the Main Cause of Risks and Evaluation of Governmental Regulation and Law Enforcement Capacity

    Suggestions to the Government on Improving Food Safety Risk Management

    Evolutionary Development of the Chinese Food Safety Legal System

    Developmental Course of the Chinese Food Safety Legal System

    Main Characteristics of the Chinese Food Safety Legal System

    Effects of the Existing Food Safety Legal System

    Thoughts and Suggestions on Improving the Chinese Food Safety Legal System

    Evolution and Reform of the Chinese Food Safety Management System

    Evolutions of the Food Safety Management System

    General Framework and Key Responsibilities of the new Food Safety Management System

    Significance of the Food Safety Management System Reform

    Potential Problems the Food Safety Management System Is Faced with after the Reform

    Exploration of the Innovation of Food Safety Management System by the Shenzhen Municipal Government

    Future Prospects for Deepening Reform

    Construction and Development of a Food Safety Standard System

    Improvement of the Management System of the Food Safety Standards

    Formulation and Revision of the new national Food Safety Standards

    Substantial Efforts on the Implementation of national Food Safety Standards

    Active Participation in Affairs of the Codex Alimentarius

    Preliminary Thinking on the Future Construction of Food Safety Standard System and the Major Measures

    Research Report on Food Safety Information Disclosure

    Status Quo of Food Safety Information Disclosure

    Main Characteristics of Food Safety Information Disclosure

    Main Problems in Food Safety Information Disclosure

    Focus on Food Safety Information Disclosure System Construction

    Food Safety Incidents of Concern in 2011 in Chinese Mainland and a Brief Review

    Background and Incident Selection

    Description and Analysis of Food Safety Incidents

    Brief Review

    Research on Agricultural Production Mode Transformation: Vegetable Farmers’ Willingness to Adopt Biopesticides in Cangshan County, China


    Survey Design

    Modeling and Econometric Analysis

    Main Conclusions and Policy Implications

    Main Conclusions and Research Prospects

    Main Research Conclusions

    Research Prospects



    Author Bio(s)

    Linhai Wu, PhD, graduated with a bachelor of science from the department of chemistry of Jilin University. In July 2000, he graduated with a doctor of management degree in agricultural and forestry economics from Nanjing Agricultural University. Subsequently, he took a postdoctoral fellowship position at Nanjing University and Renmin University of China. Dr. Wu has been working in the government system for government policy-making consultation since 1987. Since September 2012, he has worked as a full-time researcher in food safety management at Jiangnan University. Dr. Wu is a leading expert and well-known management scholar in this field.

    Dian Zhu, PhD, met Professor Linhai Wu from the Jiangnan University in 2010, and began postdoctoral research in the area of food safety management. For more than three years, he has conducted a number of studies on food safety management based on China’s realities with the purpose of gaining a better understanding of the food safety situation in China. With a bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in agricultural economics, and a doctorate in economics from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Dr. Zhu is currently an associate professor at Suzhou University. Moreover, he is now engaged in postdoctoral research of food safety management at the School of Food Science at Jiangnan University.