China to use GPS to ensure Olympic food safety

China will use global positioning satellites (GPS) to ensure food safety at the Beijing Olympics, as it steps up efforts to blacklist manufacturers who violate safety regulations.


Wang Wei, an executive vice president of the Beijing Olympic Committee, said the high-tech system would monitor food production, processing factories and food hygiene during the games to make sure healthy food is delivered to the 10,500 athletes residing in the Olympic Village.


Food products will be affixed with an "Olympic food safety logistics code" and transportation vehicles will be tracked using GPS, Wang said. He did not provide further details of either plan.


"The whole process will be monitored from the start of production through transportation to the end users," Wang said. "We are very confident about ensuring food safety in Beijing."


Wang said extra measures would also be taken to ensure food safety for the general public.


"During the games, some special monitoring mechanisms will also be applied to monitor restaurants and public food sellers to let people know how they can buy safe food," he said.


The Beijing Olympics, which begin Aug. 8, 2008, are a huge source of pride for China.


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