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Comparative Study for the Development of Korean Food Safety Management

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2010, 6(1), pp.123-138
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general

Yoo, Hyun-jung 1 Song Eugene 1

1충북대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

It is the basic rights of human to eat safe food. Concern of unsafe food causes consumers to have a distrust and unrest of the social environment, and thus induce to ensure the safety of food by themselves. Consumers’ demands on food safety have contributed to construct many governmental food management systems, such as the beef traceability, HACCP certification, GMO labeling, through the interaction between farmers, food companies, and government. Despite these efforts, the accidents related to unsafe food have frequently continued every year from the past. As the globalization, food safety issues do not be confined to the problem of our own country. Many countries have made efforts to supply safe foods to their people with monitoring of supplied foods, and have developed their own system for food safety management. This paper compared food safety system in Korea with those in other countries to provide a meaningful implication for more effective food safety management of our country. As results, our food safety managements were not considered as being behind the other countries in systematic aspects. However, because of lack of consumers' awareness and accessibility for system, it seemed that consumers have difficulties availing of food safety system in real life. Also, the results suggest that we need to cope with new hazard factor and a warning system of food hazard among countries. This research provides several implications. First, we need to expand the diversity of product background quarantine system, and to have a change of consumers’ perception for food safety. Second, international cooperation about information exchange of food hazard is required. Third, it is important to protect against food safety accidents by the settlement of pre-monitoring system. Forth, we need to develop a system of the united food safety certification.

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