Food Safety´sBad Taste in China
A new food safety law that took effect in 2009 failed toend China´s struggle with consumer scandals invoMngdangerous and even poisonous food. As a result, thegovernment added amendments to the Criminal Lawthis year designed to step up food protection. But someexperts say this tougher legislation and enforcement canhardly be expected to resolve allfood security problems.
Several scholars familiar with the ongoing struggle argue that thenation´s regulations are too segmented. They say voids in regulation andenforcement prevent effective safety monitoring of the nation´s food. Inaddition, China´s current food quaiity standards lag behind internationalnorms, the scholars say, and data disclosure is too opaque to allow properpublic scrutiny of the food production chain.Grappling with
China´s legislature approved June 30 ameasure to more closely regulate the exercisingof administrative powers which, for example,let govemments deploy specialpolice to remove illegal street vendors. The law takeseffect this year in hopes of reducing heavy-handed administrative controls. Legal expertsoffering opinions include Ying Songnian, headof the Research Institution of AdministrativeLaw at the China Law Society, and YangXiaojun, law department vice director at theNational School of Administration.......