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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Traceability of Shanghai pig offal to be enforced
Shanghai's Food and Drug Administration's Rural Committee, Commerce Administration, and the Municipal Urban Administrative and Law Enforcement Bureau have announced that pig offal products will soon be subjected to new traceability rules.
The government agencies in China, at the same time it announced the enforcement of pig offal tracking, released the document “Improving Safety and Quality Standards for Pig Offal Management,” which is expected to set local guidelines for the industry, according to a report provided by Smart Agriculture Analytics.
With the announcement, slaughter houses will hold the most responsibility for offal product safety and quality. Offal products with packaging that is unfit will be destroyed. Due to the presence of illegal vendors selling pig liver, kidney, and lungs, widespread inspections are being implemented to make sure all sold goods are properly certified. Additionally, packages that pass inspections will be labeled in a way that consumers can easily see the processor and producer. The rules also state that packaging must be nationally certified as food-grade and cannot be reused.