Revisiting the melamine contamination event in China: implications for ethics in food technology

Chung Yee Zenobia Chan, Wing Fu Lai

Research output: Journal article publicationJournal articleAcademic researchpeer-review

36 Citations (Scopus)


Food technology is a burgeoning field of applied science, invading many areas of the food industry and making contributions to economic advancement; however, little research has focused on ethical aspects in this field. This article attempts to fill this knowledge gap by revisiting the tainted milk event in China in 2008, followed by a detailed discussion of the application of food technology ethics in industrial contexts. Through the lesson learnt in the Chinese food industry, it is hoped that more global concerns on ethical issues in food technology will be raised, thereby creating a more humane food production industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-373
Number of pages8
JournalTrends in Food Science and Technology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science

Cite this