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Premier kick-starts food safety random check

Updated: Nov 21,2016 7:51 PM

As the Shanghai Free Trade Zone hit its three year mark, Premier Li Keqiang on Nov 21 visited the free trade zone for the third time in three years. Since its establishment, the free trade zone has become a reform highland. The zone has extended from its initial 28 square kilometers to its current 120 square kilometers and has been replicated in 10 other pilot free trade zones, including Guangdong, Tianjin, Fujian.

The Premier started the food safety double random check by randomly picking 27 food businesses and dozens of law enforcement staff at the invitation of the market supervision administration of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.

Guaranteeing food safety is extremely important, said the Premier. “So I choose the food safety supervision for today’s random check.”

By setting up an online law enforcement platform, the market supervision agency combined the functions of the four administrations of industry and commerce, quality supervision, food and drug, and price supervision and inspection, which can carry out random and open market supervision.

The Premier affirmed the initiative to impose system limits on regulatory authorities’ discretion in administrative enforcement, and saying that “we should believe in the people, but also the system”.

The administration’s information platform for public appeal management also unified the five public hotlines into one, greatly facilitating the public and enterprises, with the amount of complaints growing three times over the past three years.

“The move reinforced the supervisory and regulatory function, and maintained market fairness,” said the Premier, adding that the fairer the market is, the more vigorous the market players will be.

An officer in charge said that the Pudong district established the country’s first online inspection office centering on four major functions-- information inquiry, online supervision, supervision of regulatory efficiency, and inspection. With the supervision of both administrative approval efficiency and market regulation, the regulators will be supervised at the same time.