Regulating Disasters, Climate Change and Environmental Harm
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Regulating Disasters, Climate Change and Environmental Harm

Lessons from the Indonesian Experience

Edited by Michael Faure and Andri Wibisana

This book deals with questions concerning the regulation of disasters, climate change and environmental harm in developing countries, focusing on the particular case of Indonesia and addressing regulatory problems from a multidisciplinary perspective.
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Chapter 2: Promoting food safety through legal measures in developing countries: experiences from EU food safety regulation

Ellen Vos


Promoting food safety is a vital, but not easy, task for regulatory authorities. For, food is a means of survival for human beings and vital to good health and well-being as it supplies essential nutrients which ‘feed’ the individual’s needs, whilst it contributes to social relationships and is an expression of cultural habits and traditions. This means that national, European and international regulatory authorities and organizations in regulating food safety need to deal with issues of human health and safety protection, markets, trade as well as industrial and agricultural policy. Food safety regulation must thus accommodate both economic interests and health and consumer protection, whilst also taking account of cultural differences and ethical concerns. Importantly, food is also an important economic good with processed food sales worldwide amounting to approximately €2.2 trillion. Food safety is moreover a global problem threatening the food security of millions of people. Today food safety is a problem that is more prevalent in the least industrialized world than in the industrialized world.

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