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SFDA demands improved food safety within chain restaurants

(Xinhua)

08:57, March 30, 2012

BEIJING, March 29 (Xinhua) -- China's food and drug safety watchdog issued a circular Thursday urging enhanced food safety within chain restaurants.

Chain restaurant businesses have grown rapidly in recent years. The chains' operation mode of scale management, standardization and specialization has significantly raised China's level of food safety, said the circular issued by the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA).

However, some chain restaurants' illegal and trust-breaking operations have tarnished the positive image of restaurant chain enterprises and have also harmed the interests of consumers, it said.

The circular urged the headquarters of all restaurant chain enterprises to enhance the construction of a sound food safety system, as well as improve the management of their material procurement, food processing and staff training.

Food administrations at all levels should intensify supervision over restaurant chains, and relevant catering associations should exert their self-disciplinary role, the circular said. Public supervision is also encouraged.

Earlier this month, McDonald's China was required by the SFDA to apologize to consumers and conduct a strict overhaul of its restaurants after a state TV station exposed one outlet of the fast food chain selling expired products.

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