Moldy school food sparks na­tional ac­tion

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

Au­thor­i­ties have called for na­tion­wide en­force­ment of food stan­dards in schools amid an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a Shang­hai-based food sup­plier ac­cused of serv­ing low-qual­ity lunches with ex­pired in­gre­di­ents at a pri­vate school in the city. The Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion con­firmed in a state­ment on Oct 23 that stu­dents at the SMIC Pri­vate School in the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park were served ex­pired food, in­clud­ing rot­ten and moldy pro­duce. Ex­pi­ra­tion dates on the pack­ag­ing of some prod­ucts had been al­tered. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­firmed what the stu­dents’ par­ents re­ported dur­ing a sur­prise in­spec­tion of the school’s kitchen on Oct 19. The State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for Mar­ket Reg­u­la­tion and the Min­istry of Education urged lo­cal education and food au­thor­i­ties on Oct 23 to strengthen in­spec­tions of cam­pus can­teens to en­sure their safety.

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