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City lacks wet markets: report

IT looks like fresh food is going to be closer to home.

Top legislators in Shanghai called for more action to improve the city's food supply chain after a government report said at least 40 percent more wet markets are needed to ensure residents don't have to travel far to get fresh food.

There is an 85-square-meter wet market for every 1,000 residents, a Shanghai People's Congress Standing Committee team said yesterday in releasing the results of a citywide investigation.

The result was lower than the 120-square-meter standard set in rules for public service facilities, the legislators added.

"Construction of wet markets has lagged behind during the development of some new complexes. Some residents have complained that they are still waiting to see a wet market built close to their home," the team stated in a report.

The massive scale of urban reconstruction across the city has also caused some wet markets to be demolished.

Legislators suggested making it mandatory that residential project developers include a wet market in all new complexes.


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