Until relatively recently, environmental protection and consumer safety were secondary issues in the US and Europe.
Just as Europe and the US have made substantial progress in implementing effective health and environmental policies, China’s quality control mechanisms can be improved. When tackling the issue, Chinese officials would do well to heed the proverb: “With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.”
Henry Miller, a physician and molecular biologist, is a Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
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