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Agency seeks opinions on food stalls

A PUBLIC hearing will be held to find a solution for unlicensed food stalls and small restaurants which do not qualify for business permits.

“For those unlicensed eateries that residents really need, we will give them guidance on food safety and warn their owners about noise and smoke,” said Yan Zuqiang, director of Shanghai Food and Drug Administration, yesterday.

Yan said Shanghai strictly supervises food and its food safety monitoring covers 85 percent of the food supply chain. It was a challenge for the city, which imports 70 percent of food from other provinces.

Yan said 94 percent of the food samples checked in the city in the first quarter met the nation’s standard.

“Food with the biggest problems are the unpacked ones, lunch boxes at retail as well as pesticide residue on vegetables and illegal food additives on aquatic products,” he said. “These problems and unlicensed stalls are the concern of both residents and the government.”

The city will promote the establishment of big agricultural bases to regulate the use of pesticides on vegetables and animal farming.

“All locally produced vegetables passed the pesticide residue checks last year,” Yan said.


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