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Food safety monitoring center for Olympics

January 4, 2008 | By More

China, which has been plagued by food safety problems, will set up a center to monitor food standards at the Summer Olympics, state media reported Thursday. The Olympic Food Safety Command Center will tackle the task during the Aug. 8-24 Games and will deal with any food-related emergencies, Xinhua News Agency quoted Zhang Zhikuan, head of the Beijing Industry and Commerce Bureau, as saying.

Xinhua said food supplied for the Olympics will be checked against specific technical standards. “Precautions must be taken to avert any trace of terrorist attacks on our food supply chain,” Xinhua quoted Zhang as saying. Problems in China’s food supply are common, due to lax standards and improper use of chemicals, preservatives or drugs. Such concerns were heightened last year after some Chinese food exports, such as seafood, were found to be contaminated with dangerous chemicals.

[IHT]

Category: Food

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