Zhang Qingli, vice-chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, led a survey of the takeout food industry in Beijing on June 10.
During the survey, Zhang pointed out that the standard set by the Chinese leadership for food safety supervision, namely, the most rigorous standard, the most stringent supervision, the most severe punishment and the most serious accountability, provides a fundamental guidance for establishing a modern governance system for food safety and improving the safety supervision of takeout food.
He stressed that with the rapid development of China's takeout industry, the safety of takeout food has become a growing public concern.
According to Zhang, supervision of takeout food safety should be focused on four aspects including procurement of food materials, food processing, packaging and delivery.
He also called for a disciplined bottom line for food safety and letting third-party platforms play a greater role in order to build a supervision mode that fits well with both China's actual situation and the development of its takeout food industry.
The survey team, including officials from the CPPCC National Committee's Committee on Proposals and the CPPCC Beijing Municipal Committee, visited a number of takeout food enterprises including the popular online food ordering platform Meituan and Eleme, a takeout food brand under China's e-commerce giant Alibaba, and held meetings with representatives of these companies.
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