1st Edition

Food Safety and Technology Governance

Edited By Kuei-Jung Ni, Ching-Fu Lin Copyright 2023
    252 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    252 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Recent advances in agri-food technology have brought increasing complexity and emerging challenges to food safety regulation and governance, with many countries greatly divided in their regulatory approaches. As more advanced CRISPR-based gene-editing technologies and novel foods such as cloned animal products, non-traditional plants, nanofood, and plant-based meat are rapidly being developed, debates arise as to whether the existing models of governance require revision to ensure consumer safety. Of equal importance is the extensive use of pesticides, additives, and animal drugs, which raise concerns over the methods and approaches of government approval and phasing out of potentially risk-causing chemicals. Heightened public criticism of food safety and technology poses a signifi cant challenge to governments around the world, which struggle to strike a proper balance between technocracy- and democracy-oriented risk governance models.

    Drawing on expertise from the United States, European Union, Japan, China, Korea, Association of South East Asian Nations, Malaysia, and Taiwan, this book explores existing and emerging issues of food law and policy in the context of technology governance to offer an overarching framework for the interaction between food regulation and technology.

    It will be essential reading for academics, students, and practitioners with an interest in food law and policy, agricultural law and policy, and food safety and nutrition studies.

    1. Kuei-Jung Ni And Ching-Fu Lin, Introduction

      Part I. Rethinking Risk Governance and Food Safety:
      Principles and Approaches

    2. Kuei-Jung Ni, Phasing out Certain Antibiotics in Food Animals: the U.S. Approach in light of Precaution and Cost-benefit Analysis

    3. Alie de Boer, The Role of Scientific Evidence in European Food Assessments

    4. Neal D. Fortin, Regulating Gene-technology in Food: American Approach and Practice

      Part II. Emerging Technologies and their Ramifications for
      Food Safety Governance

    5. Kai-Chih Chang, The Impacts of Cross-border E-Commerce Activities on the Enforcement of SPS Measures: The Chink in the Armor?

    6. Ching-Fu Lin, Blockchainizing Food Law: Promises and Perils of Incorporating Distributed Ledger Technologies to Food Safety, Traceability, and Sustainability Governance

    7. Steph Tai, The Legal Definition of Meat

      Part III. Regulatory Options for Foods Derived from Genome-Editing Technology and Novel Materials

    8. Wen-Shen Chu and Pei-kan Yang, Regulation of Gene-edited Products

    9. Juanjuan Sun, The Regulation of Novel Food in China: The Tendency of Deregulation

    10. Yuan Hung Tseng, Revisiting Novel Food Regulation

    11. Muhammad Nizam Awang and Sharifudin Md Shaarani, Regulatory Responses to the use of Nano-scale Substance in Food in ASEAN

      Part IV. Health/Functional Foods Regulation in
      Comparative Perspective

    12. Tomiko Yamaguchi, Contested discourses of the use of health foods in Japan

    13. Yeh-Han Wang, Effective Health Foods Versus Ineffective Drugs: Governing and Marketing Glucosamine Products in Taiwan

    Eunjeong Ma, Classification as a technology of governance: food or drug in South Korea


    Kuei-Jung Ni is Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transnational Trade Laws at School of Law, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU), Taiwan

    Ching-Fu Lin is Professor of Law at National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Taiwan