(Yicai Global) Feb. 14 -- The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) is tightening supervision of online takeout restaurants following security issues arising from the industry. Eateries offering their menu online must now have a physical store.
The CFDA has drafted its "Internet supervision and administration of food and beverage service method" bill and it is currently open to suggestions, state-owned news agency Xinhua reported yesterday.
The draft states that eateries which supply online should also have physical bricks and mortar premises and a food business certificate, per law. They should only engage in business activities that match the operations permitted on their certificate.
The draft also outlines responsibilities of the third-party online platform, stating it should carry out spot checks and supervise restaurant operations. If the platform provider discovers the eatery is acting unlawfully, it should inform the local government's food and drug administration. In the event of more serious criminal behavior, the provider should prevent the restaurant from using its service.
It adds that online restaurants must use clean, non-toxic food containers, tableware and packaging. Food should be packed well enough that delivery staff do not come into direct contact to reduce the risk of contamination.
Online eateries who have their own website must display their food business certificate on the homepage. The physical store's name and address should also be displayed and any photographs of the premises should be actual images.
Information regarding dishes served should be accurate and images depicting the dishes should be similar to the actual dish served.