USOC Trusts Food Safety at Beijing Games

Associated Press
Saturday, February 23, 2008

ATLANTA, Feb. 22 -- U.S. Olympic Committee officials said Friday they have full confidence in the food being supplied for the Beijing Olympics and will have their athletes follow the same meal plan they've used for the past two Games.

That means most meals will be eaten at the Olympic athletes' village, where food is to be provided by the Beijing Olympics organizing committee.

Food safety in China has become an issue for this summer's Games following recent incidents of tainted products and reports of drugs and insecticides being used in food production. But the USOC says it is confident that all food coming into the village will be properly inspected.

Spokesman Darryl Seibel said the U.S. committee will ship in some food for meals it will provide at its high-performance center at Beijing Normal University. Seibel said the majority of meals served at the university will be for support personnel who don't have access to the athletes' village.

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