The riskier a society’s food system becomes, the more unsustainable and uncertain the future of the society will be. Being concerned about food safety can be regarded as a core characteristic of a food risk society. That is the very reason why we need a well-designed policy to secure food safety. However, it has been found that the public’s perception of food safety problems remains low in Korea. Korean people are unwilling to acknowledge food safety problems as a general social risk. The dearth of systematic policies and welfare programs regarding foods safety can be ascribed at least in part to lack of public interest in food safety. Current foods-related policies remain focused only on providing ‘public catering services’ for those who live under the minimum wage level. Why food security policies are underdeveloped in Korea? First, the level of people’s perception about foods security remains low. Secondly, there have been some serious discrepancies in the understanding of food crisis between producers and consumers, between those living in absolute poverty and those enjoying relatively wealthy lives, and between those who are market-oriented and ecology-oriented. Third, people tend to view food problems only as personal concerns. On the contrary, the food problems should be regarded as community problems in which all participants in the food supply chain, from producers to consumers, are involved. Food problems, therefore, are social problems, not personal ones, and because of the very social factors they have, should be approached from a socioeconomic perspective. These changes in viewpoints are prerequisites for initiating a new food security policy.