Food Safety Control System of Chinese Eel Exports and its Challenges

Discussion Papers


by Romio MORI, Kaoru NABESHIMA and Nanae YAMADA

May 2013


This paper analyzes factors associated with the rejection of products at ports of importer countries and remedial actions taken by producers in China. As an example, it uses one of the most competitive agro-food products of China: live and processed eels. This paper provides an overview of eel production and trade trends in China. In addition, it identifies the causes of port rejection of Chinese eel products as veterinary drug residues by examining the detailed case studies of export firms and the countermeasures taken by the government and firms.

Keywords: China, eels, agro-food trade, food safety, port rejection
JEL classification: F23, L66, Q13, Q17, Q18

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