In light of ceaseless food scandals, Shanghai has implemented a rule stipulating that food companies must be able to trace their raw materials back to the source or face fines of up to 50,000RMB. Good, now we’ll be able to know which exact sewer the rat in our lamb kebabs came from. ECNS reports:
Food processing companies, meat packing plants, wholesalers, grocery markets, supermarkets, school canteens and restaurants will have to establish traceability systems.
This regulation is part of city efforts to ensure food safety from farm to dining table.
Food businesses must keep track of product histories while market managers are expected to oversee stall owners to achieve this.
Among the first batch of foods included in the regulation are grain, meat products, vegetables, dairy produce, cooking oil and wine.
The city and district governments, the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration and agricultural and wine management authorities will oversee the system, said officials.