Political Advisers Urged Local Authorities to Impose Stricter Punishments on Food Safety Violations
City authorities are being urged by political advisers to impose stricter punishments on unqualified food suppliers and to strengthen its supervision of food safety and aim to be like Hong Kong as food safety is not an issue. Yi Yulan one of the political advisers reported results of food safety inspection that spanned for the first three quarters of 2014 that showed slightly more than 5 percent of inspected of products and production venues were unqualified. He said the results were unsatisfactory and they should spare no effort in guarantying residents that the food safe.
Another adviser suggested that the local government should enforce stricter punishments in regulating the food industry so these lawbreakers will not get away by producing unqualified food. The advisers usually send out warnings and suspend business and impose fines of up to 5,000 yuan but it’s not enough. Supervising departments were advised to blacklist illicit merchants and prohibits them from entering the food industry again, while other members recommended making Hong Kong as the role model in improving its food regulation standards.
Hong Kong has a more effective measures or laws in relation to food safety and in the food industry, that is one of the reasons mainland shoppers travel to Hong Kong to purchase groceries across the border. Rates of qualified food industry businesses in Shenzhen especially those that are involved in the circulation and production was at 97 percent in 2014 or more than 99 percent of Hong Kong food industry businesses has passed qualifications last year.
Although the two cities has share a slight difference in the items of being investigated and its criteria although the sample size for these inspections in Hong Kong is greater that Shenzhen. authorities say that the government must invest more efforts to collecting and to check a greater sample size in order to improve the food quality in Shenzhen and draw more people nationwide to purchase their groceries here rather than traveling to Hong Kong.