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New online tool to help consumers on safe food

A FOOD safety information tracking platform covering the Yangtze River Delta region will be established by the end of 2020, authorities announced yesterday. 

The platform will cover 10 varieties of foods such as pork, rice, soybean oil, frozen chicken, baby formula, and vegetables such as potatoes and peppers, the Shanghai Administration for Market Regulation said.

The system will allow consumers to get information about their foods’ producers, suppliers, production location, safety testing results and production date by scanning QR codes, said Xu Jin, deputy director of the administration. 

The first batch of trial cities to use the platform will be Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuxi, Hangzhou, Ningbo and Hefei.

Eventually, the platform will expand to cover the entire region.

“It will rely on big data and artificial intelligence technology to form a complete network of food safety information tracking,” Xu said.

Food and market watchdogs in Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces also signed a cooperation agreement in Shanghai yesterday, enabling sharing of food safety data.

Under the agreement, a unified food safety information database will be established in the region and food watchdogs will conduct joint crackdowns on food violations based on data from the tracking system.

The aim is to lift the comprehensive food safety level in the whole region for better integrated development, said Xu.


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