Shanghai’s food watchdog has developed a monitoring system that is designed to capture any food hygiene transgressions made by production workers. Surveillance cameras record scenes from the food production area and pick up details such as whether staff are wearing uniforms and masks and if they are disinfecting equipment and operating areas thoroughly. The film footage is then transferred to officials’ mobile phones via an app.
The authorities are also immediately alerted if the temperature of refrigerators, transport vehicles or manufacturing procedures fails to meet requirements since this could potentially cause food items to rot.
More than 90 per cent of the city’s food production companies have been fitted with the real-time surveillance system according to the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration.