China vegetables are to get identity codes for Olympics – Reuters

Via China Post:

As if China didn’t have its hands full keeping tabs on its 1.3 billion people, the country will now begin tracking its vegetables.

In an attempt to ensure food safety during the 2008 Olympics, Beijing is to give every cabbage, carrot and pea pod its own identity number and file, the Beijing News reported on Wednesday.

If there is a “safety incident” the vegetable’s file can be immediately checked and its origins traced, the newspaper said, in a report accompanied by graphics showing personnel at computers tracking each vegetable’s path from farm to plate. [Full Text]

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