On­line food-or­der­ing sites face probe

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - ByWANG XIAODONG andMENGJING Con­tact the writ­ers at wangx­i­aodong@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Three ma­jor on­line meal-or­der­ing plat­forms pledged to in­ten­sify their over­sight of busi­nesses op­er­at­ing on their plat­forms to wipe out food safety prob­lems.

Tang Yun­hua, deputy head of Bei­jing Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion, an­nounced onWed­nes­day that au­thor­i­ties would in­ves­ti­gate al­leged vi­o­la­tions by the plat­forms— waimai.meituan.com, ele.me and waimai.baidu.com — which it said had failed to in­spect cer­ti­fi­ca­tions of hosted busi­nesses and make the re­sults pub­lic.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion also pub­lished a list of 60 res­tau­rants run­ning on the plat­forms that lack proper cer­tifi­cates or per­mits. The list in­cluded chain res­tau­rants owned by pop­u­lar brands, in­clud­ing two Xibei res­tau­rants, which spe­cial­ize in dishes from North­west China, three­KFCrestau­rants and one Sub­way. All the res­tau­rants are lo­cated in Bei­jing. echoed

In a state­ment pro­vided to China Daily on Thurs­day, Baidu said it has set up an in­ves­ti­ga­tion team and sus­pended the on­line busi­ness of all the res­tau­rants ex­posed by the Bei­jing FDA. It said it will con­duct a thor­ough in­spec­tion of those res­tau­rants, both on­line and of­fline, along with a re­view of all res­tau­rants reg­is­tered on the plat­form.

Waimai.baidu.com, Baidu’s on­line meal-or­der­ing plat­form, be­gan dis­play­ing the cer­ti­fi­ca­tions and san­i­tary in­for­ma­tion of all res­tau­rants in Bei­jing that use the plat­form on Wed­nes­day evening, the state­ment said.

The in­for­ma­tion to be made pub­lic in­cludes a com­pany’s li­censes and per­mits, as well as cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of san­i­tary con­di­tions in the res­tau­rants as graded by the Bei­jing FDA, so con­sumers can make good de­ci­sions when choos­ing on­line res­tau­rants, it said.

More than 1,000 on­line res­tau­rants on the plat­form were closed by the end of May after

on three ma­jor meal-or­der­ing plat­forms were found with­out proper cer­tifi­cates or per­mits.

they were in­spected, in­clud­ing 286 reg­is­tered in Bei­jing, the state­ment said.

Wang Bi­cong, a food-safety su­per­vi­sor atMeituan, said on Wed­nes­day that all res­tau­rants us­ing its on­line meal or­der­ing plat­form, waimai. that were im­prop­erly op­er­at­ing have been closed.

Over the past 10 months, the plat­form has re­fused regis­tra­tion ap­pli­ca­tions from 74,000 busi­nesses across China, and has closed more than 9,000 busi­ness on the plat­form for fail­ing to pass in­spec­tions, in­clud­ing nearly 2,000 busi­ness reg­is­tered in Bei­jing, Wang said.

Ele.me said it had closed all on­line res­tau­rants in­volved in the case and will con­duct in­spec­tions of the plat­form, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by news por­tal jiemian.com.

Tang, of the Bei­jingFDA, said the ad­min­is­tra­tion will reg­u­larly pub­lish the names of on­line meal-or­der­ing res­tau­rants found to have vi­o­lated food­safety reg­u­la­tions, and all on­line meal-or­der­ing plat­forms that fail to in­spect the cer­tifi­cates of res­tau­rants run­ning on their­plat­form­swillbe­sub­jectto the max­i­mum fine — 200,000 yuan ($30,100), as spec­i­fied in China’s Food Safety Law.

Reg­is­tered meal-or­der­ing cus­tomers in China reached 150 mil­lion in June, ac­cord­ing to the China In­ter­netNet­work In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter.

Max­i­mum fine formeal-or­der­ing plat­forms that fail to ver­ify the cer­tifi­cates of res­tau­rants

YIN YAFEI / FOR CHINA DAILY

An out­door sign for a restau­rant in Chaoyang dis­trict, Bei­jing, that had no cer­tifi­cate is taken down on Mon­day.

Li Lei

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