The annual survey of popular attitudes carried out by the Pew Institute last year showed 41 percent of those questioned were concerned about food safety compared with only 12 percent in 2008. That was before the current scandals.
Addressing these kinds of social, human problems will be key for the new leadership, alongside its more lofty goals of rejuvenating and strengthening the nation — and just as tricky.
Jonathan Fenby is a British writer, journalist and analyst. He edited the Observer newspaper from 1993 to 1995 and the South China Morning Post from 1995 to 1999.