United States import safety, environmental health, and food safety regulation in China

J Environ Health. 2012 Jan-Feb;74(6):28-34.


China boasts a rapidly growing economy and is a leading food exporter. Since China has dominated world export markets in food, electronics, and toys, many safety concerns about Chinese exports have emerged. For example, many countries have had problems with Chinese food products and food-processing ingredients. Factors behind food safety and environmental health problems in China include poor industrial waste management, the use of counterfeit agricultural inputs, inadequate training of farmers on good farm management practices, and weak food safety laws and poor enforcement. In the face of rising import safety problems, the U.S. is now requiring certification of products and foreign importers, pursuing providing incentives to importers who uphold good safety practices, and considering publicizing the names of certified importers.

MeSH terms

  • Aquaculture
  • China
  • Commerce*
  • Crops, Agricultural
  • Food Safety*
  • Food*
  • Humans
  • United States