In a transparent attempt to make residents feel a bit safer about eating food, so-called “see-through kitchens” have been installed in over 2,000 restaurants in Shanghai.
With only a plate of glass separating them from the chefs, these kitchens allow diners to look on and confirm their suspicions that opium poppies are in fact being added to their favorite dishes. Since that set up isn’t practical for all restaurants, many eateries have instead installed surveillance cameras in their kitchens which you can watch over closed-circuit TV from the dining room.
The idea has apparently really taken off over in Pudong where the number of these transparent kitchens has grown from 200 to 730 since last September, People’s Daily reports. A few years from now, all restaurants that exceed a certain size will be required to make their kitchens see-through. The same thing goes for school and work cafeterias.
Of course, these surveillance systems aren’t likely to ever be added to the small restaurants where food safety violations occur must often. Though, sometimes out of sight and out of mind is for the best.
[Images via Sina News]
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