The Welfare Assessment of Food Safety in China

13 August 2018

China pays particular attention to national food safety. Increased public awareness and transparency through media coverage have increased public participation in discussions on food safety issues. In a 2010 survey, food safety was listed as one of the top five safety concerns for the Chinese population, surpassing public safety, traffic safety, health and safety, and environmental safety. The Food Safety Law of 2009 marks a brand new starting in China's food safety policy, including equivalent international standards and a series of new innovative policy to adapt to the development of food safety. Given the heteroskedasticity and heterogeneity of China's food production, processing and distribution systems, the country's food safety faces diverse challenges. Based on rich data the study applies food safety indicators in an impact analysis, revealing welfare effects of changes in food safety sourcing from four main factors: personal, economic, sociocultural, and marketing. By validating assumptions and modelling, the econometric analysis of influencing factors provide an understanding of China's food safety status including regional differences.

Researcher: Yuzhe Yang, Lena Kuhn, Michael Kopsidis, Thomas Glauben

Cooperation Partners: Sichuan Agricultural University

Funding: National Scholarship Council