China Worried Food Scandal Could Hurt Olympics is running an article summarizing the Chinese “dumpling scandal” over the past week.

What’s very interesting, however, is a quote buried near the end of the piece:

China’s reaction has also been conciliatory, possibly to avoid any more damaging product-quality scandals — like last year’s outcry over lead-contaminated toy exports — in the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “If this incident turns into an international dispute, the image for the Olympic Games is going to be bad,” says Toshimitsu Shigemura, an international relations professor at Waseda University. “If Chinese food is dangerous and people think of China as unsafe, it will be a severe issue for them.”

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