Living in China, it’s taken for granted that every piece of produce and meat we put into our bodies is probably either chock full of growth hormones or just downright fake. It has become habit to assume everything we eat here is going to kill us. But what’s this? A new hope for the food industry in Shanghai? From Global Times:
“Supermarket chains Lianhua and Lotus plan to begin a new tracking system for fresh produce and meat products in August, a new pilot that aims to beef up food safety around Shanghai.”
“All 21 of Thai-owned Lotus stores in the city and more than 35 of the city’s State-run Lianhua stores will participate in the project that will enable fruit, vegetables and meat to be traced back to their point of origin, every step of the way – from where the items were packaged and grown, to which company purchased and shipped the products.
Sun Ming, a spokesman for Lianhua had this to say about the initiative:
The tracking system will not only help protect consumer rights, but also benefit supermarkets. The party guilty of problematic products will be able to be easily identified by using the tracking system, and that will improve the issue of food safety for everyone,”
If this program succeeds, the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce claims they will begin to implement the system in every grocery store in Shanghai.
No news yet on when they are going to implement the tracking system on our fruit lady who sits outside our apartment. But until Lianhua starts giving us a “best friend” price, we may just have to risk the chance of a tainted product. We’re pretty sure Mrs. Wang wouldn’t do that to us though.
By Patrick Keefe