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City to add more food carts to streets

SHANGHAI residents will find more food carts serving breakfast and snacks on the roadside as the city government decided to extend food cart service to more areas this year.

Trial schemes carried out in Gumei community in Minhang District and Zhenxin community in Jiading District have proven popular among local residents.

These food carts are allowed to operate several hours a day in designated spots and sanitary workers hired by the communities tidy up the spots shortly after the carts leave to ensure clean environment. The food vendors are subject to routine checks by food safety supervisors.

The food carts are introduced to meet the demand of local people for safe breakfast. Many commuters still buy food from unlicensed vendors on their way to work or school despite hygiene risks.

Local food safety inspectors are strengthening crackdown on unlicensed food vendors and have detained 180 violators, said Yan Zuqiang, director of Shanghai Food Safety Office.

More than 7,000 local food manufacturers have had their licenses revoked for selling substandard food and using illegal additives, Yan said.


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