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City cracks down on food safety crimes

SHANGHAI has shut down 25 illegal workshops making cooking oil out of swill oil dredged from gutters since a citywide food safety campaign was launched in August, local authorities said yesterday.

A total of 105 people in 50 cases have been detained for making or distributing recycled swill oil and other actions such as selling fake food and health care products, the Shanghai Food Safety Commission said.

Mayor Han Zheng said yesterday at a government meeting that Shanghai will adopt the "strictest measures" to deal with the swill oil problems to protect people's health.

Han said the city will strengthen a licensing system to permit only qualified processors to treat swill oil and ensure such products won't be reused in restaurants or sold to households.

Directors of all districts in Shanghai will face punishment if they fail to curb swill oil from entering the mass market, according to Han.

The local food safety commission said last month that the city is looking to increase rewards paid to people who report breaches in food safety. The money will come from government revenue, and there is no limit on the rewards.

Officials want to hear about the illegal addition of prohibited chemicals and non-edible substances, recycling of expired food, excessive use of food additives and the use of swill oil.


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