Inspectors uncover problems at MixC mall
Unsanitary food practices were found at the MixC shopping mall in Minhang District during an inspection by the city's food watchdog on Tuesday.
At the Xi Feng Lou Restaurant, workers in the kitchen did not wear masks when preparing food, a breach of food regulations, officials with the Shanghai Administration for Market Regulation found.
Tests also showed poor disinfection of dishware in the restaurant.
At the Ole' supermarket, cooked salmon was placed with raw fish, officials found.
The administration is conducting intensified inspections of the city's food markets ahead of the Spring Festival holiday.
It is targeting the ingredients of half-cooked nianyefan, or Chinese New Year's Eve dinner, meat and dairy products, infant food, wine, cakes, health products and seafood, said Wang Wei, an inspector.
Venues such as large restaurants with nianyefan banquets, and supermarkets, canteens and food markets are the focus of particular attention, said Wang.
Food authorities have checked 5,133 food businesses and 1,052 batches of food already this year. They have found 16 violations and handled 265 food-related complaints.
Five teams established for the Spring Festival food market have inspected 55 businesses, with 19 ordered to make improvements and one under investigation.