In what seems like the fantasy of anyone who’s ever gotten the runs in China, Shanghai Pujiang Travel Co, a Huangpu River tour company, will compensate anyone who gets food poisoned on their boats, Global Times reports.
Diners falling ill as a result of eating food supplied by the company could receive up to 200,000 yuan ($32,679) compensation, according to a report by the Shanghai Morning Post.
The move is part of Shanghai Municipal Food Safety Committee’s wider plan to encourage companies that serve food to buy insurance to cover diners who suffer food poisoning.
About 40 food companies in Songjiang district that distribute around 100,000 meals per day joined the insurance plan earlier this month.
And if this sounds too good to be true ever skeptical readers, well, it is. The catch/loophole is that only diners who fall sick (as opposed to having years taken off their life) will be compensated, no matter what’s found in the food, whether it be gutter oil, cockroaches, soiled cotton, jumper cables etc. If someone dies the family can be compensated 500,000RMB.
Since the stipulation doesn’t say anything about other penalties we assume that also means if the company doesn’t like you they can essentially pay 500,000RMB to kill you with manganese milk.
Throw in the ambiguity surrounding what defines “food poisoning” (we imagine sea sickness will be blamed quite a bit) and this sounds more and more like the corporate version of your average kebab vendor/food poisoning victim dispute. Like the recent case of a Jingxian store that refused to reimburse a man after selling him maggot-ridden duck feet because he couldn’t prove he was ill.
Food safety insurance is slated for other businesses as well, but like many Shanghai initiatives, it faces an uphill logistics battle.
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