Shanghai a model city in food safety

SHANGHAI is working toward becoming a national food safety model city. A self-evaluation is to be submitted to the Food Safety Commission of the State Council early next year.

SHANGHAI is working toward becoming a national food safety model city. A self-evaluation is to be submitted to the Food Safety Commission of the State Council early next year in terms of fulfilling 90 requirements made up from international food safety standards.

Most of the requirements have been met, according to Shanghai Food and Drug Administration.

Over the first half of the year, food intake rate is 0.19 per 100,000 capita, which is lower than the five per 100,000 capita requirement. Food safety pass rate is 97.3 percent, higher than the 97 percent demand, according to the administration’s report. Putting unlicensed food businesses on record is one reason for food safety improvements.

Sun Fengchao, a food vendor from Jiangqiao Township in Jiading District, received temporary permission to trade that became effective for a year in May. Like Sun, 319 unlicensed food vendors have been granted permission. To receive permission, vendors need to be in demand by residents. They also need a fixed place for their businesses and meet food safety requirements.

New technology is also why food safety has improved. Food surveillance systems have been installed at over 170 food businesses.

Two leading food-ordering websites report to the administration about food safety problems from their customers’ reviews online.

Researchers are working on updating the system to monitor whether food operators are wearing masks, headgears and being sanitized.

A new reward system for customer reports has also seemed effective for finding unlicensed vendors.

A Fengxian District’s resident surnamed Jin reported an unlicensed wonton vendor on an official WeChat account called Food Safety Fengxian, and he received a 30 yuan (US$4.5) reward in three days — faster than the old reward system which took between six months and a year.

Under the new system, a resident can receive their reward in no more than nine working days.

Shen Ruoqing, a Shanghai FDA official in charge of complaints and tips, said phone call reports take care of 90 percent of allegations, while 7 percent are brought to the administrator’s attention online.

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