Kitchen Re­form

Work­ers’ Daily Au­gust 29

Beijing Review - - This Week -

Af­ter rats were found in some kitchens of a well-known hot­pot chain restau­rant, the China Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion has asked the restau­rant to open all its kitchens to public in­spec­tion. With China’s cater­ing in­dus­try un­der­go­ing a “kitchen re­form,” there is a de­mand for restau­rant kitchens, which used to be out of bounds for cus­tomers, to be put under public su­per­vi­sion.

The kitchen re­form en­tails open­ing up restau­rant kitchens to cus­tomers through trans­par­ent glass or screens. Sur­veys show that 94 per­cent of din­ers in first-tier cities have said that this mea­sure has boosted their trust in restau­rants’ food safety.

How­ever, some restau­rants are com­ing up with ways to avoid full public in­spec­tion. For ex­am­ple, they are throw­ing open units that are not crit­i­cal to food safety such as where the wash­ing is done. Some blur images of the kitchen as they ap­pear on mon­i­tor­ing screens.

Given th­ese prob­lems, it’s im­por­tant to in­crease pro­fes­sional su­per­vi­sory staff. Af­ter all, they are the strong­est force to stan­dard­ize murky restau­rant kitchens. Con­sumers’ com­plaints are far from enough to de­ter such restau­rants.

It’s also nec­es­sary to en­cour­age con­sumers to re­port breaches of food safety rules by award­ing them and pro­tect­ing their le­git­i­mate rights. With strong le­gal and pol­icy backup, con­sumers can also play a big role in the kitchen re­form.

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