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China: food safety ahead of Olympics

The Beijing Huadu Broiler Company is building new poultry facilities in the outskirts of China's capital, which are anticipated to become operational by the 2008 Olympic Games.

The company began in 1982 and is the first integrated chicken breeding and processing plant in Beijing, processing up to 36 million birds annually, with the bulk sold as fresh meat.
It is reported that the company is considered as a showcase by government food quality inspectors and the Games organisers in a public relations exercise to calm concerns of the safety of Chinese produce ahead of the Games.
Vice-minister of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), Wei Chuan Zhong, said the agency has been taking efforts to ensure food security for the Games. Plans include electronic tags, emergency responses, random checks and anti-biological terrorism that can disrupt the food chain to the estimated 10,000 athletes and thousands more coming to watch the Olympic action.
 
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