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Risk Assessment in the European Food Safety Authority and Its Lessons for Taiwan

  • Der-Chin HorngEmail author
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Part of the Economics, Law, and Institutions in Asia Pacific book series (ELIAP)

Abstract

Food safety emerged as a key health and safety issue following a series of food scandals in Europe and Taiwan which began in the 1990s. A proper risk assessment has been recognised as an essential element for food safety, and so, the EU acted to establish the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) pursuant to Regulation 178/2002. This chapter examines EU food control jurisprudence and the EFSA and compares this with corresponding institution in Taiwan. It also offers some critical proposals for reforming Taiwan’s laws to enhance food safety and consumer welfare in general.

Keywords

EU Food safety European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Consumer interest Institutional protection Risk assessment The Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of European and American StudiesAcademia SinicaTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.National Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  3. 3.National Chengchi UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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