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Citywide food safety check uncovers many problems

FOOD safety remains a big concern for local consumers and lawmakers as a citywide inspection has uncovered numerous problems in the local food processing and catering industry.

Though 94.8 percent of food products tested by the inspection team last month were qualified, local lawmakers said today that the city still lacks supervision over online food sellers, small eateries and beverage stalls that sell milk tea.

Qu Jun, an official with the Shanghai People's Congress, said food markets and roadside stalls normally don't withdraw expired food in time and they have a poor record with outdated products.

A Kedi convenience store on Wusheng Road was found to have a pack of soybean milk that expired in April on the shelf. Expired products are often mixed with safe ones in Kedi and Alldays stores, while Auchan and Lotus supermarkets are unable to show destruction labels on expired food, leaving a loophole for them to re-pack the food and sell them again, the inspectors said in a report.

In a workshop of Shanghai Heisenlin Food Co, three out of the 11 workers did not have a health certificate and food additives were not labeled or put in a good order.


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