Shang­hai weighs food safety pro­posal

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By WANG HONGYI


Shang­hai is turn­ing to leg­is­la­tion to im­prove food safety man­age­ment in the city as it con­sid­ers im­ple­ment­ing a sys­tem that would track food prod­ucts’ ori­gins and pro­cess­ing.

Shang­hai law­mak­ers this week held a hear­ing on a draft pro­posal on es­tab­lish­ing a com­pre­hen­sive food-safety trace­abil­ity sys­tem. The sys­tem will help iden­tify all food safety-re­lated in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing a prod­uct’s ori­gins, pur­chase date, stor­age and sales in­for­ma­tion through tech­nol­ogy.

Ear­lier, a draft of the plan was re­leased to in­vite pub­lic com­ments.

A to­tal of eight ma­jor cat­e­gories of food prod­ucts are listed in the trace­abil­ity sys­tem, in­clud­ing dairy, meat, grain crops, ed­i­ble oil, aquatic prod­ucts and vegeta­bles, ac­cord­ing to the Shang­hai Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FDA).

“Shang­hai is not self-suf­fi­cient in food pro­duc­tion. Many food prod­ucts are pro­vided by other ar­eas. The plant­ing, breed­ing and trans­porta­tion pat­terns in dif­fer­ent re­gions have brought risk to food safety and peo­ple’s health,” said Yan Zuqiang, head of Shang­hai FDA.

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