Shanghai weighs food safety proposal
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.