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Strawberry suppliers face tight supervision

    The city’s agricultural commission is enhancing supervision of its food safety traceability system on strawberries to cover more local suppliers.

    With the system, Shanghai residents can find out the strawberries’ origin and quality indexes by scanning a QR code on the package, said Wang Dedi, a commission official.

    This year’s first local strawberry tasting event organized by the commission was held in Qingpu District on Saturday. Besides the quality of the strawberries, tough tests were also given to candidates on the level of pesticide residue.

    “There were 30 local strawberry suppliers applying for this tasting event, but we found the pesticide residue level of the product from one of them was slightly higher than the standard we set,” said Wang.

    Last year, Shanghai’s strawberry output was 42,000 tons.