New figures suggest that almost half of food-processing plants in China do not meet standards accepted internationally. Each year, news of far-fetched food fraud keeps on coming. Finally, though, as of October 1, China has put a new food safety law into practice. Included in the legislation are stricter penalties for offenders, bans on toxic pesticides, and clearer food labeling regulations. According to the BBC, farming practices are relatively difficult for the government to track, and many think it will take a significant amount of time for concerned citizens to see real change. There’s definitely a balance between overly cautious and not experiencing the country to the fullest and getting sick and wishing you knew what to avoid. Here are seven tips for eating safely in mainland China.