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Food-safety education drive

THE Shanghai Food and Drug Administration will give food safety training to thousands of people who work in the food and catering industry by the end of this year. They made the announcement yesterday, which marked the start of a 400-day countdown to the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

Those who will be given training include purchasers, cooks and sanitation workers at local restaurants, school and company canteens, and pre-packed food manufacturers.

Shanghai is the nation's first city to carry out such a wide ranging food safety education campaign.

Food safety is one of the top concerns for the local government to ensure the smooth operation of the Expo.

More than 80 percent of local mass food poisoning cases are due to improper practice by staff, officials said. Other risks were from tainted agricultural products and poor conditions inside local eateries, said the local food watchdog.

Research done by Ecolab, one of the 2008 Beijing Olympics' food safety partners, based on an assessment of around 60,000 food safety practices in China, the United States, Canada and Brazil, found staff hand hygiene, disinfection of food-processing equipment and dishes, the temperature and cooking time of food and contamination were the main food safety risks.

Du Bing, an official from the administration, said authorities are working on a comprehensive program covering the whole food safety process from checking raw materials and the preparation of dishes to the way food is served and creating a track-back system to trace problems back to their source.

"We will look at the experiences of the Beijing Olympics. However our task is more difficult because the Expo lasts longer, has more visitors and covers a larger area than the Olympic Games," he said.

Yesterday marked the start of a 400-day countdown to the Expo and other local departments and institutions launched activities to mark the date.

The Shanghai Blood Center said it has started to plan a blood drive to guarantee supplies for the Expo and is encouraging locals and expatriates to donate.

Shanghai's Population and Family Planning Commission visited the Expo construction site yesterday to set up an office to offer migrants legal consultation, mental health guidance, help with government policy and reproductive health education.


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