Amid Milk Scare, China’s Elite Get Special Food

Anita Chang reports in the Associated Press, from Beijing:

While China grapples with its latest tainted food crisis, the political elite are served the choicest, safest delicacies. They get hormone-free beef from the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, organic tea from the foothills of Tibet and rice watered by melted mountain snow.

And it’s all supplied by a special government outfit that provides all-organic goods from farms working under the strictest guidelines.

That secure food supply stands in stark contrast to the frustrations of ordinary citizens who have faced recurring food scandals — vegetables with harmful pesticide residue, fish tainted with a cancer-causing chemical, eggs colored with industrial dye, fake liquor causing blindness or death, holiday pastries with bacteria-laden filling.

…The State Council Central Government Offices Special Food Supply Center is specifically designed to avoid the problems troubling the general population.

…The reason: its A-list clientele of government officials and retirees of vice minister rank or higher.

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