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Management regulations for food vendors updated

An amended version of management regulations for Shanghai’s food vendors will be implemented from December.

The update aims to regulate the operations of food vendors and ensure food safety while fueling the city’s breakfast project and night economy at the same time, authorities said.

They ban food vendors from providing disposable dishware without request for the first time.

District governments should designate temporary areas or venues and fix operation time for food vendors based on their evaluation, which should not affect traffic, public sanitation and safety, the amended version states.

Food vendors are required to register their information at village and town governments or subdistrict authorities and obtain a temporary operation information card before they start business.

Food vendors should provide a residence permit and health certificate for registration and written promise of food safety. A temporary operation card will be issued within three days after authorities receive application materials and make reviews.

Food vendors with more than two administrative penalties in three months or who cause food safety incidents will have their card revoked.

Food vendors need to attend regular food safety training and they should install cleaning facilities with drains to wash dishware or equipment, according to the amended version.

Kitchen waste and waste oil should be put inside containers with covers or sealed to prevent pollution of the environment.

Vendors are encouraged to purchase food safety-related insurance, while industry associations, property management companies and food market organizers are urged to involve food vendors in insurance schemes.

An information registration system on food vendors should be established, the amendment rules.

Food vendors involved in the city’s breakfast project and the development of night economy are particularly encouraged and authorities can provide necessary policy support for their operation and development.

The new version amended by the Shanghai Administration for Market Regulation and released by the Shanghai government is valid until November 30, 2025.


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