To ensure food safety standards during the virus season, the provincial market regulator of Hubei released ten measures to enhance food safety regulation during the special time.
In terms of strengthening the supervision and management of special foods, the Measures shall increase the supervision of the production and operation of special foods such as health foods, urge enterprises to strengthen the management of labeling and identification, and seriously investigate and deal with illegal production and sales of counterfeit and shoddy foods and false publicity in the name of prevention and treatment of covid-19 epidemic. Acts, especially the production and operation of health food products that improve immunity, are not allowed to associate themselves as a preventative or cure-all of covid-19.
From the article, below are listed the 10 measures:
1.Strengthen market supply
Supervise the production of bulk food products, especially rice, noodles, oil, meat, eggs, milk, eggs, rice, noodles, oil and other consumer products, and qualified farmers’ markets and supermarkets to resume production and operations, and effectively complete employee health checks. Disinfection of production and business premises, inspection of raw materials purchase, certification and ticket inspection, and product factory inspection, etc., to ensure food supply and safety during the new crown pneumonia epidemic prevention and control.
2. Strengthen production supervision
Supervise food production enterprises to strictly implement the main responsibility, and strictly prohibit the procurement and use of nationally protected wild animals and products or non-nationally protected wild animals and their products as raw and auxiliary materials for production and processing of food without quarantine certification.
3. Strengthen supermarket supervision
Supermarkets and other food sales units are required to maintain environmental hygiene, increase the frequency of cleaning and ventilation; configure temperature measurement points for customers entering premises, increase payment settlement posts, and avoid the gathering of payment personnel. When selling food directly imported in bulk, it should be stored in a covered or non-opened container and stored in accordance with the food storage conditions. Strictly wear masks and gloves during the sales process, and take measures to prevent consumers from directly contacting the food directly imported in bulk. All kinds of promotional activities will be cancelled to reduce the concentration of personnel and control the flow of people.
4. Strengthen market supervision
Strengthen the edible agricultural product sellers to implement the purchase inspection and certificate and ticket collection system, and strictly prohibit barred poultry and poultry products that have not passed quarantine inspection from entering the market. Strictly implement the ban on the sale of live poultry at local farmers ‘markets, and cooperate with the housing construction (sanitation, urban management), health and other departments to urge the farmers’ market organizer to do cleaning, disinfection and ventilation. Market operators and employees must wear masks to enter the job. Customers entering the store must wear masks before entering. Set eye-catching and clear prompts at the entrance to discourage customers who do not wear masks to enter the store.
5. Strengthen supervision of catering service units
Catering service units should consciously implement the two management systems of food purchase inspection, personnel and site hygiene, strictly prevent people infected with covid-19 from processing and operating food or entering food processing sites, and ensure the implementation of measures such as the health of employees, cleaning of tableware and disinfection of the environment. Strictly implement the certificate and ticket collection system to ensure that the channels for purchasing and using livestock and poultry products are legal and traceable. Promote contactless food ordering and delivery services to protect the needs and safety of food ordering staff and consumers. It is forbidden to purchase and process wild animals, and to refrain from slaughtering live birds in catering establishments.
6. Strengthen special food supervision
Increase the supervision of the production and operation of special foods such as health foods, urge enterprises to strengthen the management of labeling, seriously investigate and punish illegal acts of producing and selling counterfeit and inferior foods and false publicity in the name of preventing and treating covid-19 epidemic, especially the production and operation of health foods with improved immunity. Enterprises shall not take the opportunity to “free-ride” under the name of epidemic prevention and control to make false publicity or exaggerate publicity.
7. Strengthen food sampling
Closely integrate with local reality, focus on strengthening the random inspection of rice, noodles, grains, oils, condiments, meat products, dairy products, egg products, edible agricultural products and other people’s daily dietary consumption of large amounts of food varieties, timely, objective and accurate announcement Information in response to public opinion concerns. In strict accordance with the requirements of the provincial headquarters, timely supervision and random inspection and risk monitoring of donated food were carried out.
8. Strengthen case investigation
Intensify the investigation of clues on food safety issues, promptly handle the information on complaints and reports on the 12315 platform, and investigate all violations of food safety laws and regulations. Strictly implement the requirements for supervision, random inspection and disposal, and control food safety risks as soon as possible. Relevant law-breaking acts and subjects involved in the field of food safety shall be investigated strictly and swiftly and re-examined in accordance with the law. Those suspected of crimes shall be promptly transferred to public security authorities.
9. Strengthen publicity and guidance
Use mobile electric vehicles, outdoor billboards, etc. to travel to publicize food safety knowledge during the epidemic, roll out information about epidemic protection, food safety public welfare advertisements, do not believe rumors, and guide consumers to reduce dining out and stay away from public gatherings.
10. Strengthen organizational security
Strengthen emergency management of food safety emergencies, strengthen food safety emergency duty, information reporting and public opinion handling. Strengthen health management, care for friends and employees, and do everything possible to ensure that front-line supervisors and law enforcement personnel need masks, gloves and other protective supplies. (Source：dsdod.com）