by Mike Masnick
Tue, Aug 7th 2007 6:28am
There have been a number of food safety problems coming out of China lately, and it's no wonder that this has officials in Beijing more than a little on edge about the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It's amusing, though, to see Olympic officials explain that the food during the Olympics will be safe because of technology. It's as if they only need to say that they're using technology to keep people safe and everyone will automatically assume it's so. However, the details simply suggest that this is just for the logistics aspect. They'll be tracking where food goes, but that doesn't mean they'll be doing anything to make sure the food is really safe. At the same time, why should there be any difference in emphasis over the safety of the food used for the Olympics as opposed to the safety of food in general? If anything, this announcement sounds more like officials trying to calm any worries by invoking the magic word "technology," rather than taking real efforts to improve the safety of Chinese products.