Up­dat­ing Food Safety Su­per­vi­sion

Peo­ple’s Daily Oc­to­ber 17

Beijing Review - - This Week -

In­stant noo­dles used to be pop­u­lar among peo­ple in China. Pro­duc­tion and sales vol­umes of the prod­uct, how­ever, re­spec­tively dropped 8.54 and 6.75 per­cent year on year in 2015. The cool­ing of de­mand re­flects the trans­for­ma­tion and up­grad­ing of di­etary habits across the na­tion.

In ac­tual fact, in­stant noo­dles are not alone in los­ing fa­vor; fast food such as McDon­ald’s is also los­ing ap­peal, as con­sumers be­gin to at­tach greater im­por­tance to health when pur­chas­ing food. Fur­ther­more, mo­bile apps now en­able peo­ple to order restau­rant food on­line and have it de­liv­ered. So, it’s hardly sur­pris­ing that con­sumers are aban­don­ing in­stant noo­dles.

The boom­ing on­line food de­liv­ery mar­ket, how­ever, has raised cer­tain is­sues. Most sig­nif­i­cantly, nu­mer­ous restau­rants with sub­par hy­giene have been ex­posed by the me­dia.

Food safety su­per­vi­sion, there­fore, should be up­graded to fit the devel­op­ment of the new mar­ket sit­u­a­tion. A reg­u­la­tion en­acted in Oc­to­ber stip­u­lates pun­ish­ments for food safety vi­o­la­tions by on­line food or­der­ing plat­forms and restau­rants. Rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties should also carry out spot checks on restau­rants and in­gre­di­ent sup­pli­ers in order to guar­an­tee food safety. On­line food or­der­ing plat­forms, mean­while, should raise their thresh­olds for ven­dors.

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