USEUROPEAFRICAASIA中文双语FrançaisHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILEOpinionCartoonsEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsFrom the PressOpinion LineFrom the ReadersBureau ChiefForum TrendsHome / Opinion / Opinion LineDraft regulation for online food delivery services puts safety first
China Daily | Updated:2017-02-16 07:59Food delivery motorcyclists from ele.me on the streets in Beijing. [Photo/China Daily]The China food and drug Administration has released a draft regulation on online food services for public opinions. It proposes that any food delivery business providing an online service should also have a physical outlet and a food business license. Beijing News commented on Wednesday:People are increasingly willing to order food online and the market is now worth over 152 billion yuan ($23 billion). However, there are concerns about the hygiene conditions at the production plants and food safety.
Basic food safety and hygiene are the bottom lines to protect consumers. Even though technology is changing our lifestyle, it doesnt guarantee the online food delivery market will grow smoothly.
A physical store may not necessarily be a foolproof way to protect consumers, but at least it means the industry can be supervised, and when there is a problem with food safety or any infringement on the rights of consumers those responsible can be found.
Restaurants, whether online or offline, should have the necessary business licenses, including a food hygiene license. The businesses involved should not only offer a fast food delivery service, but also clean, safe environment for producing the meals. The draft of the new regulation may prompt more people to care about the issue.Related StoriesMystery buyers to check online food safetyAlibaba to invest $1.25b in Chinese online food serviceOnline food market benefits Kunshan residentsRetailers reap gains of growth in online food ordersCartoonsAbes sale for China threat theoryWhat men loveAbes meet with TrumpAddicted to your mobile phone?Environmental pollutionChina football investment surgesMost Viewed in 24 HoursFroum trendsShould parents arrange dates for their children?What is going wrong with Chinese higher education?ColumnistsChina, EU and US should work togetherMade in USA is hypocritical political correctnessForumFeatured ContributorsTrump cannot afford a trade war with ChinaChinas One Belt, One Road, a drive for Great Britains businesses?China Daily Bureau ChiefsChongqing and Chengdu City Cluster on faster trackXi-Ma meeting brings historic opportunitiesStar BloggersHow is General de Gaulle remembered in China?Why I cannot continue studying in ChinaBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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