Shanghai’s food safety watchdog has proposed tightening the rules for online food ordering and delivery services, including making it mandatory for a food provider to have a physical restaurant location. A draft of revised regulations for the industry, drawn up by the city’s food and drug administration, has been made available for public comment until July 13. It comes at a time when the use of food delivery websites and apps is booming, especially among the younger generation…Full Article: June 2017

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  • In 2016, according to the director of Shanghai’s office for the campaign against intellectual property infringements and counterfeit goods, city officials reportedly shut down more than 60,000 unlicensed online food vendors.

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  • In January 2017, the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration detected excessive chlorpyrifos on a sample of celery sold at Shanghai Lotus store. The celery was supplied by the Shanghai Jiangqiao Wholesale Market. The agency also detected excessive enrofloxacin residue in two samples of freshwater fish being sold at Walmart’s Jiangqiao store. The fish was supplied by Shanghai Yize Trade. In addition, a sample of pastry flour from Shanghai Rifen Food was found to contain excessive cadmium while a sample of dried bean curd (aka tofu) from Shanghai Zhengbiao Bean was found to contain excessive aluminum residue.
  • In October 2016, the Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration fined Shanghai Husi Food and OSI Group’s China division for selling tainted meat.
  • In June 2016, the Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration fined four companies over food safety violations. The food safety violations affected Jiuguang Department Store (e. coli in 20 packs of mustard green peas), (lead in preserved plums from Anhui Zhongjun), Shanghai Shenghua Food (sulfanilic amide in cooked chicken legs), and Shanghai Shaowansheng Food (bacteria in salted conch).
  • In February 2016, a Shanghai court found 10 individuals from the Shanghai and Hebei branches of Husi Food guilty and were sentenced to jail. In addition, both branches had to pay fines.
  • In December 2015, 10 individuals from the Shanghai and Hebei branches of Husi Food stood trial for selling tainted meat. As a result of the investigations following the scandal, six senior Husi Food executives were arrested.
  • In June 2015, it was reported that OSI Holding had lost approximately US$970 million as a result of the scandal.
  • In January 2015, 1,415 cases of expired OSI meat was destroyed in Shanghai (last of the tainted meat). OSI tainted meat products were destroyed and disposed of in Beijing and Shanghai, as well as in the provinces of Liaoning, Henan, Sichuan and Shandong.
  • In September 2014, the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration notified OSI China that it was fully responsible for the tainted meat produced by Shanghai Husi. In addition, 340 Husi employees and contractors were officially laid off.
  • In August 2014, McDonald’s in Hong Kong stopped selling fresh corn cups, green salad and fresh lemon tea as these items were primarily sourced from OSI processors in Hebei and Gaungzhou. During the same month, KFC announced it would terminate its relationship with OSI.
  • In July 2014, Shanghai Husi, a division of US-based OSI Group LLC, was found to have sold expired meat to McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, Seven-Eleven and FamilyMart (Japan-based convenience store).

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