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JUN 2017 FOCUS:FOOD SAFETY AND FREE TRADE

 

                                                        Editor's Note

         Food safety concerns have long been a frequent cause of disputes in food trades. To address this issue effectively, international laws and domestic laws should coordinate in order to provide a comprehensive legal framework on this issue. On one hand, international trade laws should be established and clarified to promote consistency on domestic food safety laws of different countries. On the other hand, domestic food safety laws should proactively identify the status and trend of international trade laws and foreign laws in order to avoid potential disputes. Efforts on both sides are necessary for achieving the two-fold goals of food safety and free trade.
          For an in-depth discussion on food safety and free trade, we have invited several domestic and foreign scholars to discuss the subject matter. Professor Michael Blakeney from the University of Western Australia explores the justifications of the protection of geographical indications (GIs), and found out that GIs applied to agricultural products indicated their purity and traceability from an environmental protection perspective. He then points out that the international GIs regime provides an important means to this end. Professor LI Yanfang and Ph.D. candidate WU Kaijie compared the source-control measures and end-control measures for better regulations of edible agricultural product safety in the context of food trade. They have concluded that agricultural producing area regulation at source is necessary and should be improved. Professor ZHANG Jiyu discusses the connection between the legal protection of new plant variety from the perspective of food safety and environmental protection. Like many modern technologies, the development of new plant varieties is a double-edged sword with the benefit of promoting plant breeding on one hand and the risk concerns arise will be the downside. She suggests that the legal system and the market should function together in order to provide both proper regulation and incentives for innovation.

            The focus are consisted of three articles:

GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.pdf

NEW PLANT VARIETY PROTECTION IN CHINA FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF FOOD SECURITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.pdf

SOURCE CONTROL OR END CONTROL WHAT CHINA SHOULD DO TO ENSURE EDIBLE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT SAFETY FOR EXPORTS.pdf

 

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