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Citizens' report on food safety a first

A Fudan University postgraduate student yesterday released a report on China's food safety, claiming it is the first compiled by ordinary citizens.

The report provoked discussion among netizens after dozens of celebrities carried it on their microblogs.

Some web users questioned the professionalism of the report which is based on more than 2,000 online food safety news stories.

But most praised its courage in challenging the authorities and food producers.

"My major purpose is to raise the attention of the government and ordinary people to food safety problems in China," report writer Wu Heng from Shanghai told Shanghai Daily.

"Publicity will highlight the issue," said 25-year-old Wu who is majoring in historical geography.

The report by Wu and 33 volunteers, including classmates, ranks Chinese municipalities and provinces on food safety problems according to the number of online reports featuring the regions since 2004.

Shanghai ranked fourth worst city with around 100 news reports, following Shandong and Guangdong provinces. Worst was Beijing with more than 300 reports.


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