FOOD safety scandals hitting major local brands led the list of “Top 10 news stories of Shanghai 2012” that concern expat readers the most, according to the two-week-long public poll.
About 50 readers whose selection closely matched the final results will be awarded gifts and souvenirs at a ceremony on January 19.
The poll was organized by Shanghai Daily and International Channel Shanghai (ICS).
Readers were invited to vote starting on December 17, choosing 10 stories from a shortlist of 20.
About 200 foreign readers participated.
Other stories that concerned readers the most included the debut of a free public Wi-Fi service named “i-Shanghai,” a longer visa-free stay in the city for in-transit passengers from 45 countries, and car license plate prices continuing to surge this year, ending 2012 on a record high.