On Thursday, the Chinese government invited journalists to the Beijing Vegetable Quality Testing Center. It was a move to reassure people that Chinese goods are safe following recent food safety scares.
Officials say vegetables are safe to eat, and that rigorous testing around the country is keeping people from harm. This comes amid widespread fears about tainted Chinese goods.
Since 2001, the Vegetable Quality Testing Center has tested over 29-hundred samples of vegetables from across the nation. 94 percent of the samples were in line with the standards of the National Standard of Food Safety guidelines.
The levels of nutrition, mineral elements, pesticides, heavy metals and pollutants are tested.
Liu Su, vice director of Beijing Vegetable Quality Testing Center said:"The Ministry of Agriculture has been paying close attention to food safety. A lot of measures have been taken in various sectors of production to guarantee quality and safety. Also, we have had a system of routine inspections in place since 2001. So I don't think there will be any problems in this regard, and I can assure you that you can eat with no worries."
As the host city of the 2008 Olympics, Beijing is also ensuring that the visiting athletes will have nothing to worry about. And the food they eat, wherever it comes from in China, will be safe.