Moldy school food sparks national action
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.