Schools should pay special attention to food safety, according
to a recent announcement made by the Ministry of Education
School canteens should improve the professionalism of their
staff, and upgrade their facilities and management, the report
School leaders are required to closely supervise school canteens
which have already been privatized, and local health authorities
should keep a close eye on the small private restaurants near the
schools, said the report.
According to an MOE rule issued last year, school leaders should
be directly responsible for food safety in their schools.
The rate of food poisoning incidents is reportedly declining,
but large-scale canteen poisonings still happen, according to local
The latest case of food poisoning was reported in mid-April in
Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Guangdong
Pharmaceutical University in Guangzhou, capital of South China's
Dozens of university students were hospitalized.
Initial investigations have identified bacteria as the cause of
the recent case of food poisoning, said Mao Xinwu, an official with
the municipal Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
(China Daily April 24, 2006)