The 100 Meter Dash of Salt

David K. Israel

As Beijing gears up for the Olympics—only two summers away—China is already working out security and safety issues, as you'd expect in a country of over 1.3 billion people.

The twist is—are you strapped into your parachutes?—we're talking food safety issues. Or so Reuters reports today:

In an attempt to ensure food safety during the 2008 Olympics, Beijing is to give every cabbage, carrot and pea pod its own identity number and file, the Beijing News reported on Wednesday. The city will need more than 5,000 tonnes of vegetables during the Olympics, mostly from Beijing and the northern Chinese provinces of Hebei and Shandong.

And while I found that fascinating, to say nothing of hilarious, I was even more tickled to read the last sentence of the story, which states "The report made no mention of fruit."

Has Jon Stewart been named head of the News Dept. over at Reuters? And if so, am I the only one who didn't get the memo? 'Smarvelous.