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Food stalls, restaurants fare poorly in quality test

Dishes served at food stalls and restaurants, barreled drinking water and soybean products fared worst in quality checks carried out by the local food authority last year.

The three groups each achieved an approval rating of below 80 percent, the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration said in a report. All three will be subject to stricter tests this year, it said.

Soybean products and barreled water lost points for failing to meet the standards for total bacteria content and their high levels of coliforms, the report said. The combined rating for food sold by stalls and restaurants was hampered by high counts of bacteria in items at some breakfast stalls, as well as in cold dishes, salads and barbecue products served at indoor eateries.

The report said there were eight mass food poisoning cases in Shanghai last year, injuring 184 people but with no fatalities. The incidence was 0.77 cases per 100,000 people. In 2000, the incidence of mass food poisoning was 10 cases for every 100,000 people, but since 2011 the figure has been less than one per 100,000.

Restaurant food failed to meet standards due to high levels of microorganisms in salads, cooked meats and seafood, additives in rice products and poppy shells in hot pot and crayfish dishes.



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