Posted by: oliviapontet | August 21, 2013

Food and life Quality in Shanghai

Food and life Quality in Shanghai

 

A large survey found almost four out of 10 residents in Shanghai worry about the quality of food, and therefore has the administration of food alert.

The study, the first of its kind ever held in the city, led by the Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau, covered about 800 households.

The researchers said it was to help the Bureau, which takes the lead role in the local control of food quality, improve the implementation of QS (Quality Safety), a certification system which stipulates that only foods with QS brand to be sold on the market. Diiferent opinion “I’m not worried about the quality of food, and I do have problems several times,” said a woman in her early 50s who is buying food for his family.

“I never miss a Sunday show on CCTV (China Central Television), which has always unreservedly – sometimes poisonous -. Foods to honor, and I am shocked to see so many unhealthy food Moreover, I heard stories of bad quality food all the time, “said the woman, who is surnamed Zhang.

A representative of the Bureau acknowledged there are some problems of food security, but he insisted they are not serious.

“There are problems in all aspects, from the cultivation of cereals, food manufacturing to distribution, but not as bad as people think,” said the official surnamed Zheng.

38, 3 % who mistrust

Compared to 38, 3 percent who said mistrust, 8 percent of respondents said they actually bought the poor quality food.

Among the problems identified, more than 20 percent of dairy products. Other first complaint receivers were meat products (about 16 percent), beverages (11.4 percent) and canned foods (11 percent).

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Most of the Food Products are Safe

However, about 82 percent of some 1,000 different foods have been deemed safe in the most recent audit by the Office. This figure is higher than those produced in many other fields, such as electronics. The Bureau found 74 percent of these products to be safe.

Zheng emphasizes food quality Shanghai “is actually improving rather than getting worse.”

“For example, a check of 1996 found that 68 percent of moon cakes have been described, but after 2000, the figure was higher than 95 percent,” said Zheng.

The city launched the QS certification system for the main food at the end of 2002 and, since last year, has banned the sale of rice, noodles, vegetable oil, soy sauce and vinegar without QS certificate issued by the government.

“The system will be applied to 10 other categories of food products, including meat and milk, later this year,” said Zheng, “and will be applied to all processed within two to three years food.”

In addition, the Bureau conducts spot checks throughout the year, and non-qualified manufacturers will be closed.

But still, people need to know how to protect themselves from bad food, according to Zheng.

The survey revealed that only 20 percent of consumers Locate the QS mark, a square logo with a “Q” and a white” blue S”, when buying food.

“We gave lectures and sending brochures on how to recognize questionable food, and last weekend, we have organized conferences, helping local residents to learn more about QS in some 14 districts and counties, “said Zheng. “We hope that the media can help to learn more knowledge on how to avoid poor quality foods rather than simply expose the problems.”

 

More than 13,000 dead pigs were caught in rivers and near Shanghai, renewing concerns about animal health and water security in China, the South China Morning Post.

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The newspaper reported that among the carcasses found 9,500 of them were recovered from the Huangpu River, which is an important source of drinking water for Shanghai.

 

“The quality of the river water and tap water in Shanghai remained normal, the government reiterated yesterday,” the newspaper reported. “In addition, six straight days of quality control in food the city markets showed no pork without reservation. “

 

How air pollution affects life expectancy?

Unfortunately, we can not say with certainty that prolonged exposure to extreme exposure to air pollution leads to premature death – The World Health Organization estimated in 2007 that 656,000 Chinese die prematurely each year from diseases caused by pollution indoor and outdoor air – but exactly how much closer to the falls that put us?

In 2009, an authoritative study found a decrease of 10 micrograms per cubic meter in the concentration of fine particles in the city has been associated with an estimated increase in life expectancy of about 0.6 years.

Therefore, if we were able to eliminate all other factors, people in Beijing would theoretically die five years younger than people living in the most polluted city in America, Los Angeles.

The figure of course does not apply to officials who can not liiiive without their own private air supply.

 

More information

China Daily

Food safety

Epermarket Shanghai

Shanghai Food

Wikipedia

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