Shanghai incorporated over 1,300 unlicensed small restaurants into the government regulatory system within 100 days, Knews reported Wednesday.
Small-scale milk tea stores and dim sum shops popular among locals but not qualified to apply for a license were among them.
Shanghai launched a registration scheme for these unlicensed, small-scale food shops in July to incorporate them into the government regulatory network and successfully guide them to becoming authorized businesses. Such rectifications included improving the environment of the store and adding washing facilities.
To become registered, these stores must have a mass demand from the public, not affect the daily life of surrounding residents, have fixed business sites and meet food safety and hygiene requirements.
Since the pilot scheme kicked off in July, 1,300 small restaurants have been registered. The scheme will soon cover the entire city.