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City promises rewards for food safety tip-offs

SHANGHAI is to "amply reward" people who expose scandals in the food industry in future, local authorities said yesterday.

If an insider alerts government departments to illegal practices or food safety issues, he or she may qualify for a reward of more than 50,000 yuan (US$7,699).

In major cases, the reward is expected to be calculated as a percentage of the case value, the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration said.

Local lawmakers are hoping more "Deep Throats" will come forward following the example of the man who brought the recent steamed buns scandal to light.

Last month, the driver, whose boss had refused to pay him overtime, tipped off a TV station that the Shanghai Shenglu Food Co Ltd was adding illegal dyes to buns and recycling expired product.

In a citywide drive which will run until June 6, local lawmakers are to form six teams to check the city's food.

The reports will be available to the public in June, the Shanghai People's Congress said yesterday.

Inspectors will randomly purchase products and send them to professional institutes for test.

The legislative body has set up a hotline and a short message platform to receive complaints from residents.

People can dial 23118777 and send messages to 10657109060117, 106553868 and 021-25707070, for users of China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom respectively, to report food safety issues.

Meanwhile, some food companies believe they just need to strengthen "self-discipline" in food safety, according to a survey by the Shanghai Quality Association.

Some also believed there was no need to have inhouse qualified food inspectors - some 8 percent of small and medium-size companies didn't have them as members of their staff.

The association issued 1,500 questionnaires and got back 842 valid replies.

Nearly half said strengthening self-discipline in production was sufficient.


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