Food safety and the development of regulatory institutions in China

Wai Keung TAM, Dali YANG

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    Consumer safety has become an increasingly salient issue for China's rising middle class and regulatory state. This article elucidates the challenges of regulatory development in China through a study of food safety regulation, paying special attention to a scandal involving the sale of fake and sub-standard milk powder. It highlights some of the deficiencies of the regulatory regime and addresses some salient issues concerning regulatory state building, including the regulatory chasm between urban and rural areas, the appropriate role of the state in socioeconomic regulation, the uncertainties created by government reforms, and the conflict between food safety and employment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)5-36
    Number of pages32
    JournalAsian Perspective
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005

    Bibliographical note

    Earlier versions of this article were presented at the workshop on "Regulatory Compliance in China: The Lessons of Regulatory Effectiveness", Georgetown Law Centre, November 2-5, 2004, and at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Chicago, Illinois.


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