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Rules for fresh drinks due soon

A NEW local food safety rule regulating raw materials and processing of fresh drinks like fruit juice, cereal and bean drinks, and milk tea is expected to be enacted as early as next month, the city's food safety watchdog said yesterday.

Currently there are no specific regulations on freshly made drinks in national and local food safety rules, making it difficult to regulate streetside beverage stalls.

The new regulation under discussion is expected to be in place in August or September, Gu Zhenhua, vice director of the Shanghai Food Safety Office, told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

"It will provide better support for us to oversee streetside beverage stalls and those who violate it will face punishment," he said.

According to the draft rule, fresh juice means using fresh fruit, vegetables, cereal or beans as major raw materials, sold after crushing or squeezing and to be consumed directly.

The rule will regulate food additives allowed in fresh drinks.

A store-made drink must be served within six hours or at the meal for which it was made.

A drinks solely prepared with condensed juice, fruit and vegetable powder or syrup cannot be sold as fresh. No banned food additives or inedible materials are allowed in fresh juice.

Also, fresh juice can't be sold as pure juice if water or ice has been added.

Streetside beverage stalls usually don't publicize their ingredients.

Some consumers know there are food additives in some freshly squeezed drinks but don't care.


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