Hangzhou Asian Games committee denies rumors about not using genetically modified food
Published: Aug 29, 2023 12:55 PM
Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

The Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee has denied rumors claiming that the committee refused to use genetically modified food, Farmers' Daily reported on Tuesday.

The committee has not released any information related to not providing genetically modified food, or made any similar requirements regarding food supply for the Games, the report said, confirming with the relevant departments in East China's Zhejiang Province. 

The committee is focused on routine food safety and foodborne stimulants risk prevention and control during the Games. 

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, as a member of the food supply safety working group of the Hangzhou Asian Games, has not received the relevant requirements related to not providing genetically modified food, and has not issued the relevant requirements, according to the report, citing an official from the ministry.

The Hangzhou Asian Games will open on September 23 and close on October 8. The registration for the Games has been completed, with 12,417 athletes and 4,975 officials from 45 countries and regions set to participate, the committee announced on August 25, in Hangzhou.

The athletes' restaurant of the Asian Games Village will open on September 9, with preparations all finalized. Food supplies and ingredients will be stored at a unified warehouse, with each consignment of food to be inspected, Zhejiang authorities said on Monday.

A total of 222 catering service points will put into use, which is expected to provide catering services for nearly 100,000 people, according to the authorities.