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Shanghai Restaurants Install See-Through Kitchens To Improve Food Safety

In these restaurants a piece of glass separates the kitchen from the dining area so that both diners and regulators have a clear idea about their food

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Shanghai, March 14, 2017:  More than 2,000 restaurants in Shanghai have installed see-through kitchens in a bid to improve food safety, a media report said.

In these restaurants, a piece of glass separates the kitchen from the dining area so that both diners and regulators have a clear idea of what is going on behind the scenes, the People’s Daily said in the report on Monday.

 Currently, the number of see-through kitchens in the Pudong, where the idea was first implemented last September, has grown from 200 to 730.

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More than 70 per cent of those kitchens are also under real-time monitoring through a closed-circuit TV system, which is played on screens mounted for anyone to see.

Wu Haiqin, an employee of the Pudong District Market Supervision Administration (PDMSA), told the People’s Daily that see-through kitchens are only suitable for restaurants that do not require complicated processing.

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In order to better guarantee food safety, the closed-circuit TV systems have been gradually installed as an alternative, Wu added.

Food safety has become a hot topic once again during the ongoing fifth meeting of the 12th National People’s Congress. As a result, more stringent food security regulations will be implemented in Shanghai starting from March 20.

In the next several years, all restaurants exceeding a certain size in Shanghai will made to install see-through kitchens.

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In addition, closed-circuit TV systems will be gradually adopted by the cafeterias of schools and other institutions around the city. (IANS)

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Soon, more officers for food safety in every district

The notification also says that the Sub-Divisional Officers appointed as Designated officers will not be required to undergo such training.

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The amendment is part of Food Safety and Standards Rules, 2017
The amendment is part of Food Safety and Standards Rules, 2017

New Delhi, Dec 28: Aiming to tackle the lack of food safety authorities in states, the Health Ministry has sought appointment of Sub-Divisional Officers as “designated officers” for the purpose in every district, apart from the food inspectors.

The decision has been taken in view of the lack of food safety authorities in districts and also to give the general public an option for grievance redressal.

“The Commissioner of Food Safety may, with the previous approval of the state government, appoint Sub-Divisional Officer of the area on additional charge basis as the designated officer,” said a Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry notification.

The amendment is part of Food Safety and Standards (Second Amendment) Rules, 2017.

The notification also says that the Sub-Divisional Officers appointed as Designated officers will not be required to undergo such training.

It adds: “Where the Collector or District Magistrate considers necessary, he may delegate the powers exercisable by him… to an Additional Collector or Additional District Magistrate or a Sub-Divisional Officer of the area.” IANS

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