China Hopes Games Will Boost Food Safety Reputation

Chinese officials are strengthening food safety regulations during the Olympics to assuage the international anxiety generated by recent food scares. From the U.K. Guardian:

A successful Olympics will help convince the rest of the world that China’s food exports are safe to eat, a senior official in charge of food safety said as the country prepares to host the Olympic Games next month.

Beijing is going to great lengths to ensure a perfect Games, including growing vegetables at special bases and breeding “Olympic pork” after food quality issues gained international attention last year.

“We are doing this to ensure a safe food environment for international visitors, as currently, the most essential thing for China is the Olympic Games,” Wang Daning, head of import and export food safety at China’s quality administration, said in an interview at his office.

See also the Voice of America’s article covering some Olympians’ concerns about China’s food, and CDT’s coverage of China’s food safety record here.


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