Tyson ships poultry to China for Olympic athletes
The US Olympic Committee (USOC) has decided to import
lean proteins, such as poultry, for its "Performance Nutrition" programme for
athletes at the Beijing Olympics.
This decision is driven, in part, by concerns that such protein foods, if
obtained in Beijing, may contain steroids, says the New York Times.
In preparing to take a delegation of more than 600 athletes to the Summer
Games in Beijing, the USOC says it faces food issues beyond steroid-laced
chicken. In recent years, some foods in China have been found to be tainted with
insecticides and illegal veterinary drugs, and the standards applied to meat
there are lower than those in the US, raising fears of food-borne
The USOC has tried to figure out how to avoid such dangers. It has made
arrangements with sponsors Kellogg's and Tyson Foods to ship 25,000 pounds of
lean protein to China about two months before the opening ceremony. Local
vendors and importers will be hired to secure other foods and cooking equipment
at the Games.
In preparation, Tyson has partnered with the USOC and will ship beef,
chicken and pork to China. When the food arrives, customs agents will review the
shipment before it is delivered to USOC representatives and taken to a holding
site. The food will remain there for about three weeks until athletes
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