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A Study on the Improvement of the Legal System for Food Safety Management

  • Public Land Law Review
  • Abbr : KPLLR
  • 2019, 87(), pp.453-471
  • Publisher : Korean Public Land Law Association
  • Research Area : Social Science > Law
  • Received : July 31, 2019
  • Accepted : August 20, 2019
  • Published : August 27, 2019

Jang Kyo-Sik 1

1건국대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Because of recent food hazards, there has been a rising interest in food safety. In a modern society, it is routine for food manufacturers produce and provide foods through diverse manufacturing processes and multiple distribution steps. Therefore, it is critical to keep foods secure and safe after such manufacturing and distribution processes. Consumers have also asked for the supply of safe foods in addition to systematic food safety control. The government has improved food-related laws and food management systems and assured the qualitative and quantitative stability, making continued efforts for food safety. For the promotion of food industry, in addition, unnecessary regulations have been improved. According to recent government policy commitment and direction, local authorities need to ease regulations on food manufacturers as long as they do not have a considerable influence on food safety. Such posture also needs to be applied to new food fields concerning the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In the fields with very low risk, it is necessary to open up a door to new food industries through deregulation. In other words, it is important to make innovative products released to the market quickly. However, there should be a proper regulation, considering the reinforcement of regulation. It is required to clarify a scope of new types of foods under current laws and decide a permissible range in food processing and distribution as long as people’s rights are well protected. Furthermore, there should be a plan to efficiently remedy a food manufacturer’s unexpected violation of consumers’ rights. Ultimately, such improvements of food safety-related laws and systems can reduce people’s concern about food safety and protect their health through food safety. In addition, they could make a contribution to the establishment of effective self-regulations through which food manufacturers, processors and distributors are able to control risk effectively.

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