Ac­count lets users trace their food

Shanghai Daily - - METRO - Hu Min

AN of­fi­cial WeChat ac­count has been launched for Shang­hai’s food trac­ing sys­tem, al­low­ing con­sumers to learn about their foods by scan­ning QR or bar codes, the city’s food watch­dog an­nounced yes­ter­day.

Peo­ple can also re­ceive in­for­ma­tion by search­ing for the names of com­pa­nies or food items via the ac­count, ac­cord­ing to the Shang­hai Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The trac­ing sys­tem al­lows con­sumers to get in­for­ma­tion about their foods’ pro­duc­ers, sup­pli­ers, pro­duc­tion lo­ca­tion, safety test­ing re­sults and pro­duc­tion date. Data is avail­able for a range of veg­eta­bles, seafoods, poul­try, fruits, bean prod­ucts, dairy items and edi­ble oils.

About 40,000 en­ter­prises have been reg­is­tered on Shang­hai’s food safety in­for­ma­tion trac­ing plat­form, and about 2 mil­lion food safety in­for­ma­tion searches have been recorded via the plat­form, ac­cord­ing to the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

In re­lated news, the Shang­hai FDA and its coun­ter­parts in Jiangsu, Zhe­jiang and Anhui prov­inces have signed an agree­ment to cre­ate a food in­for­ma­tion trac­ing plat­form for the Yangtze River Delta re­gion.

Pi­lot projects on food data col­lec­tion, shar­ing, anal­y­sis and ap­pli­ca­tion will be es­tab­lished with the help of the In­ter­net of Things, big data, cloud com­put­ing and blockchain tech­nolo­gies, ac­cord­ing to the agree­ment.

Plans are also in the works for the cre­ation of a re­gional food safety in­for­ma­tion data­base as well as re­gional man­age­ment and law en­force­ment mech­a­nisms.

Food author­i­ties in the Delta re­gion will fur­ther es­tab­lish a joint cred­i­bil­ity sys­tem, al­low­ing for in­for­ma­tion shar­ing on black­listed en­ter­prises and in­di­vid­u­als.

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