Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
food safety, China, regulatory system, corruption
China is plagued with food safety scandals ranging from contamination of dairy, to exploding watermelons in the countryside. This thesis explores the four main reasons that China has many food safety regulatory issues: the wide dispersion of farms in China, the fragmentation of the food safety regulatory system, weakness of local implementation, and the poor structure of commerce. Using the case studies of the dairy and pork industries this thesis examines these four proposed flaws and proposed solutions for improving food safety in China. Governmental flaws and mistakes are mostly responsible for these problems, but the current structure of government is too bureaucratic and corrupt to properly handle the problem. Therefore, improvement of food safety relies on private enterprises.
Baker, Rachel, "Time to cry over spilled milk: An investigation into China's food safety system" (2012). Honors Theses. 768.