Beijing Regulator Probes Online Takeout Sites For Using Unlicensed Restaurants
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Beijing Regulator Probes Online Takeout Sites For Using Unlicensed Restaurants

(Yicai Global) Aug. 19 -- Beijing's Food and Drug Administration is taking action against three of China's largest online food delivery platforms, meituan.com, ele.me and waimai.baidu.com, for using unlicensed restaurants as suppliers and for consistently failing to verify and disclose merchants' information.

The BFDA has found many cases of falsified qualifications and has ordered that all questionable merchants must be listed on the three websites with immediate effect.

Despite repeated warnings to remove restaurants found to have food safety issues, they continue to use them as suppliers, says Mr. Li Min, head of the Internet Food and Drug Enforcement Division of BFDA.

Some 228 complaints were made against the three sites in the first half, according to the BFDA. Of these, 92 complaints concerned Beijing Sankuai Technology Co., operator of meituan.com, 77 concerned Shanghai Lazhasi Information Technology Co., operator of ele.me, and 59 concerned Baidu Inc.-operated waimai.baidu.com.

Ele.me was found to be letting merchants falsify business addresses, uploading false store photos and accepting unlicensed 'black restaurants' in a China Central Television report made in March.

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