Space lasers to zap bacteria and other ‘threats’
August 7, 2007
China announced on Monday that it will use satellites to ensure food safety at the 2008 Beijing Olympics by ‘firing lasers at offending bacteria’ that threaten good hygiene or Chinese gold medals. This has U.S. athletes pondering the recent use of the term ‘bacteria’ in the sports section of Chinese newspapers where it has been used to describe non-Chinese competitors. International Olympic Committee officials are waiting for their checks from China to clear the banking system before commenting.
Wang Wei, an executive vice president of the Beijing Olympic Committee, said the high-tech system will monitor food production, processing factories and food hygiene during the games to ensure it meets standards. “We will be monitoring all aspects of the food system during the Olympic games,” said Wei. “Only proper amounts of antifreeze and asbestos will be allowed in athletes’ food, and then in an athlete or country specific way. This will ensure good health and acceptable medal performance.”
Angus “Aye” Korumba a Scottish official who has studied food safety and athletic competition for many years said that the approach was suspect and he questioned the Chinese motives. Aye Korumba was in China to review production of ping pong tables and talked with reporters after China’s announcement. “I don feel teez bastards kan be trused,” said Korumba before he suddenly disappeared. “I feel … yowza!”
Korumba’s disappearance seemed unusual to reporters at the time, but Chinese officials said there was nothing to worry about. “Mysterious disappearance is quite common in China,” said Hu Yu Kidin, Chinese director of missing persons. “It’s no big thing. We are quite comfortable that it is not unusual.”
China says most food products and athletes’ will be affixed with laser tracking chips referred to as an ‘Olympic food safety logistics code’. The entire tracking process will then be monitored for proper performance by Chinese Olympic officials.
In a statement released to the press early Tuesday, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said, “We are pleased to host the Olympic events and hope to use tag and track devises to show our good will and good management. It is our hope that all peoples will allow us to help them and their societies by accepting and wearing laser tracking tags. Don’t worry, we are your friends.”
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