Third kin­der­garten in Wuhu found with spoiled food

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By WANG XIAOYU wangx­i­aoyu@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A new round of food safety re­views has been or­dered in Wuhu, An­hui prov­ince, after a third kin­der­garten in the city was found on Tues­day to have used ex­pired sea­weed and soy sauce.

The Wuhu Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion an­nounced on Wed­nes­day that it had launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Eight of­fi­cials are be­ing probed, in­clud­ing the di­rec­tors of two dis­trict mar­ket reg­u­la­tion bu­reaus.

The head of the Mingzhu Kin­der­garten has been sus­pended and a team com­pris­ing food and drug in­spec­tors, po­lice and ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­i­ties has been formed, the lo­cal govern­ment said on Wed­nes­day.

All food prod­ucts in the stor­age and cook­ing units at the school have been sealed and cat­a­loged, and are be­ing ex­am­ined.

The food safety author­ity said on Fri­day after a “sweep­ing re­view” cov­er­ing all 55 schools in the dis­trict, that no food safety haz­ards or rule vi­o­la­tions had been found.

That re­view was un­der­taken after ex­pired food was found at two other kinder­gartens.

Wuhu po­lice de­tained a se­cond sus­pect in the ear­lier in­ci­dent, after de­tain­ing the prin­ci­pal, who heads both schools, on Satur­day. Two other prin­ci­pals have been ap­pointed to take charge.

The se­cond sus­pect, sur­named Wang, 49, was “di­rectly in­volved in the pro­duc­tion and sale of sub­stan­dard food prod­ucts” found in Tongxin Kin­der­garten, Wuhu Daily re­ported.

Par­ents of chil­dren at Tongxin Kin­der­garten and Dede­bei Kin­der­garten com­plained last week about spoiled food and ex­pired in­gre­di­ents in meals pre­pared by the schools. Their con­cerns prompted au­thor­i­ties to con­duct on-site in­spec­tions, which led to the dis­cov­ery of moldy rice, ex­pired white vine­gar and spoiled sausage. Food units on the cam­puses were shut down.

Both kinder­gartens are now op­er­at­ing nor­mally, and school meals are be­ing pre­pared and de­liv­ered by dif­fer­ent ven­dors, un­der the di­rect su­per­vi­sion of lo­cal mar­ket reg­u­la­tors, ac­cord­ing to the city govern­ment.

The can­teen on the cam­pus of Tongxin Kin­der­garten will be re­opened.

“We will mon­i­tor the whole process from pur­chas­ing in­gre­di­ents to cook­ing,” Dong Ji­azhong, a mem­ber of the par­ents as­so­ci­a­tion at Tongxin, was quoted as say­ing.

Re­sults of the ex­am­i­na­tions of food residue and table­ware are ex­pected by Fri­day.

LAI XINLIN / FOR CHINA DAILY

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