Half of food boxes unsafe: report (2)

08:41, March 25, 2010      

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A spokesman of Dong Lai Shun, one of the restaurants involved, told the Global Times that the place where Dong consumed is a franchised outlet and it has its own supplier of tableware.

"The outlet used a temporary supplier during the Spring Festival and has now replaced it," the restaurant said.

AFPA's March report said the pass rate of disposable tableware in Beijing has reached 70 percent, greatly improved after a quality admittance system was put in place in 2008 by the AQSIQ, and the pass rate is higher than in other areas in the country.

Dong urged the AQSIQ to further tighten its market monitoring. "Since 2003, I referred at least three cases to the AQSIQ, but little feedback was available after quality watchdogs at local levels finished their investigations," he said.

Dong said he is seeking for larger societal impact by suing the restaurants.

Dong said he planned to launch four or five similar lawsuits to raise the public's awareness, and denied that he either sought personal fame or larger shares of profits from manufacturers under his association by pursuing the cases.

Sang Liwei, a food safety expert who participated in the revision of the country's Food Safety Law enacted in June last year, said that the lawsuit set off alarms for consumers regarding the usage of illegal plastic food containers.

"If successful, the case would serve as a demonstration for consumers that they could defend themselves by suing irresponsible dining outlets," Sang said.

The eateries would face a fine of 2,000 to 50,000 yuan for their sales – worth less than 10,000 yuan - of food that was tainted by toxic packing under article 86 of the Food Safety Law, according to Sang.

The AQSIQ declined to comment Wednesday.

Qiu Wei contributed to this story

By Kang Juan

Source: Global Times/Agencies
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