Food inspections target restaurants and supermarkets

Lawmakers said they will carry out other sudden inspections like those that took place on Tuesday night to monitor food safety.
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Staff at a downtown Carrefour supermarket in Changning District were ordered to throw away cooked dishes that hadn't been stored at the recommended temperature.

Local legislators conducted sudden inspections on Tuesday night on restaurants and supermarkets to check whether the city's new food safety regulation has been properly implemented.

A downtown Carrefour supermarket in Changning District was found to have failed to store its cooked food products under proper temperatures. Dozens of cooked duck, beef and chicken dishes were stored at over 20 degrees Celsius, while the stipulated temperature is below 10 degrees, said Xu Li, a local lawmaker.

Law enforcement officers then ordered the management of the supermarket in the Longemont Shopping Mall near the Zhongshan Park to destroy all cooked food products immediately.

"The supermarket was ordered to fix the problem within a week, otherwise it will face further punishment," an official with Shanghai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said.

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Xu Li (left), a lawmaker checks the records of a fresh chicken stall at the Carrefour supermarket in Changning District during a sudden inspection conducted by  legislators.

During the sudden inspection, the legislators also found the Changning outlet of Xibei Restaurant, a traditional northwestern cuisine restaurant, could not prove how its cooked oil was treated.

According to stipulation, restaurants must handle the cooked oil to qualified treatment companies and keep a record of both oil imports and outputs, said Qin Lie, an officer with the law enforcement team of the city's urban management authority.

The stipulation aims to prevent the cooked oil being sold illegally to small food stores and being reused, he told Shanghai Daily.

Qin ordered the manager of the restaurant to explain the record to the authority within a week. If the manager still cannot produce the oil treatment record, the restaurant will face a maximum fine of 5,000 yuan (US$765).

"The legislators will carry out the sudden inspections regularly to try to find food safety concerns and other problems for residents," said Chen Kehong, a senior lawmaker with the Shanghai People's Congress, or the legislative body.

The standing committee of the congress approved the city's new food safety regulations in January, and they  took effect from March 20.

The stipulation is deemed the toughest in the nation because some measures in the regulation were even tougher than China’s national food safety law, according to the FDA.

The new regulation, for instance, imposes a lifetime ban from the industry for operators convicted of food safety crimes and a five-year ban for those whose business license is revoked.

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