Shanghai implements "toughest ever" food safety regulation for imports

Signal of change / Shanghai implements "toughest ever" food safety regulation for imports

By Anna Simpson / 04 Apr 2017
Shanghai is requiring all food importers to register tasting and inspection reports, following concerns regarding imports from radiation areas in Japan.

So what?

Food safety is a major concern in China, following several high profile scandals. Could Shanghai's new regulations be a sign of the city taking steps to enable sustainable lifestyles, adding another feather to China's 'green leader' cap, beyond its climate commitments?


What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

In neighbouring Vietnam, another Food Safety scheme has just launched. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has established a Food Safety and Hygiene Management Board for Ho Chi Minh city, the first of its kind in the country. The Board will have the same functions as a government department, implementing new laws. Was the PM influenced by Shanghai?
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