BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- China will establish a
nationwide grocery tracking system to ensure food safety, said State
Administration for Industry and Commerce director Zhou Bohua here on Tuesday.
By the end of this year, all food markets and supermarkets in cities above county level would have set
up the system requiring invoices and documents attached to purchased
commodities, he said.
All township, street-side and community groceries
shall set up a system of keeping real-time records when purchasing and selling
The above measures are aimed at supervising product
quality and food safety more effectively in accordance with the campaign,
launched on Aug. 25, to strengthen the supervision and administration of the
safety of food and other products.
Since the start of the campaign, officials have
checked more than 17,000 wholesale markets and trading fairs, involving
372,000companies and individual vendors.
The authorities have confiscated substandard goods
worth 227 million yuan and closed 9,098 unlicensed stores since last year, said
Complaints over the last couple of months about
Chinese product quality and food safety -- such as lead paint on toys and
pesticide residues -- have raised widespread doubt about made-in-China products.
The government has responded with a series of
campaigns, including opening the national work conference on product quality and
food safety, issuing a white paper on food safety, establishing a national
leading group on product quality and food safety and launching recall systems
for food and toys. (One U.S. dollar is equal to 7.53 yuan)