Beijing government agencies rebuked five Chinese online food delivery players for allowing unlicensed restaurants on their platforms, a move it says is aimed at protecting local customers from food safety issues, reported state-owned media entity People.cn on Wednesday.

Loose registration standards from local food delivery services, including Meituan Dianping, Alibaba’s Ele.me, and JD.com-backed Daojia,  allowed around 35,000 Beijing-area restaurants without proper licenses to sell to users, according to figures from the Beijing branch of the State Administration for Market Regulation. Non-compliant food sellers were shut down in a recent government crackdown.

Beijing authorities urged online food delivery platforms to be “more self-disciplined,” and to proactively cooperate with market regulators for better food safety.

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Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen