Farine whistle-blower earns reward but can't get a job

"I hoped to find a job as a baker in Shanghai, but it is impossible to continue working and I was blocked and insulted by former colleagues," the whistle-blower said.

The whistle-blower in the Farine bakery flour scandal will receive a reward from the city’s food watchdog totaling 5 percent of what is involved in the case — an amount that has yet to be stipulated.

Furthermore Shanghai Food and Drug Administration said that authorities have delivered more than 270,000 yuan (US$41,540) this year to reward those tipping off officials about food safety problems.

The Farine scandal came under the spotlight after one of the bakery’s staff posted on Weibo in March saying that the bakery on Wukang Road in Xuhui District was using expired and even moldy flour.

Four bakeries run by Farine in Xuhui and Huangpu districts and the Pudong New Area were closed as a result.

Exactly how much the Farine whistle-blower will receive hasn't been made public, but he has not found a job since and he has left Shanghai, according to the Xinmin Evening News yesterday.

“I hoped to find a job as a baker in Shanghai, but it is impossible to continue working and I was blocked and insulted by former colleagues,” the whistle-blower said.

After spending four months trying and failing to find a job in Shanghai, he returned to his hometown in Liaoning Province.

He added that he doesn’t regret alerting the authorities, “but the tip-off has affected my life,” he was reported to have said.

In total, 784 cases of food safety tip-offs have been handled this year, with 273,600 yuan issued in rewards.

About 13,000 unlicensed street vendors and stalls selling meals and barbecue were closed from January to October, the city’s food authorities said yesterday.

Officials continue to find businesses that fail to strictly check food materials, have poor hygiene conditions, fail to thoroughly clean and disinfect dishware, or whose staff have expired health certificates or no certificates at all.


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