China to ensure quality food in schools

Beijing, Oct 24 - China will launch nationwide inspection in school canteens to prevent occurrences of food poisoning, Xinhua reported Sunday.

The State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) and Ministry of Education (MOE) have directed the local health and education administrations to immediately carry out checks on the entire process of food safety in schools.

Inspection teams will be formed to thoroughly check canteens, especially those of kindergartens, elementary and middle schools. Any school that fails to make prompt corrections will be punished.

It has been directed when food poisoning occurs, local administrators must make thorough and accurate reports and launch urgent measures. Any delays, concealment or outright lies will warrant punishment.

On Oct 15, forty-two children fell sick at a kindergarten in north Hebei province in one of the three food-poisoning incidents occurring this month. (IANS)