Food Safety Law in China

Making Transnational Law


This book is the first major study of the making of transnational food safety law in China. Francis Snyder shows how the 2008 melamine infant formula crisis led to China’s first food safety law and new food safety standards, substantial reforms in government policy and closer relations with international organisations. He also identifies current and future challenges and makes recommendations for dealing with them.
Chinese food safety law today is influenced strongly by cross-border factors. While transnational regimes help to shape domestic decisions, many institutions deeply embedded in Chinese society have played key roles in this transformation. Francis Snyder emphasises that, in finding its own path toward ensuring food safety, China can both learn from and teach other countries.
In May 2017 this title has been awarded a 'Gourmand World Cookbook Award' in Yantai, Shandong Province, China: 'Best in the World' in two categories: 'Best Wine Law Book' and 'Food Safety Institutions'.

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Francis Snyder, BA Yale, JD Harvard, CDEPA, PhD Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), HDR Aix-Marseille, Officier de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques, is C.V. Starr Professor of Law, EU Jean Monnet Professor ad personam and Director, Centre for Research on Transnational Law, at Peking University School of Transnational Law, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School, China. He also holds a part-time Special Endowed Chair Professorship of Food Safety at Northwest Agricultural & Forestry University, Yangling, Shaanxi, China. He is Professor Emeritus at Aix-Marseille Université and Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges. His most recent book is EU, the WTO and China: Global Legal Pluralism and International Trade Regulation.

List of Tables and Figures
List of Abbreviations
Biographical Note
Selected Publications

1 Introduction
2 Three Worlds of Melamine
3 Emergence of Modern Chinese Food Safety Law
4 Transnationalisation of Chinese Dairy Standards
5 Transnational Sites of Food Safety Regulation
6 Globalisation of National Food Safety Standards through wto Consultations
7 International Food Safety Standards in wto Case Law
8 Multilateral Monitoring of Chinese Food Safety Law
9 Conclusion

Appendix 1: Table of Treaties, Agreements and Related Documents
Appendix 2: Table of Constitutions and Statutes of International Organisations
Appendix 3: Table of Legislation and Regulations
Appendix 4: Table of Standards
Appendix 5: Table of Cases
Author Index
Subject Index
All interested in food safety law, standards and policy, especially in China or in countries which trade with China, and anyone concerned with Chinese law, economy, politics and society.
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