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Swimming: China offers dope-free restaurant guide
避免泳將受瘦肉精汙染 上海推薦「無禁藥」餐廳

Athletes dive during a training session at the diving pool of the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center last Thursday.

Photo: AFP

Athletes at the world aquatics championships in Shanghai have been warned only to visit certain restaurants if they want to avoid food tainted with banned drugs, a report said last Thursday.

Chinese officials handed out a list of safe restaurants and hotels in the giant city after team leaders raised concerns about the risk of eating food containing clenbuterol, a performance-enhancing drug, the Shanghai Daily said.

A recent study found that 22 of 28 travelers returning from China tested positive for low levels of fat-burning clenbuterol, which Chinese farmers sometimes feed to pigs and cattle to produce lean meat, the report said.

Athletes face long bans if they test positive for clenbuterol, with Tour de France champion Alberto Contador one of many found to have traces in his system. The Spaniard blames contaminated meat for the result.

“We have promised that all raw materials, processing and cooking procedures in designated hotels and restaurants are under strict supervision to prevent food-borne accidents and banned chemicals,” said Xie Minqiang, head of the event’s food safety department.

“All selected material suppliers are under strict and whole-course administration.”

Xie added that the safe restaurant guide seemed to have calmed the fears of swimmers and divers from around the world who are converging on Shanghai for the event which commenced last Saturday and will end on July 31.







1. taint v. 汙染 (wu1 ran3)

例: The government has confirmed that the beef was tainted with radioactive substances.


2. strict adj. 嚴格的 (yan2 ge2 de5)

例: The company said it is committed to the strict observance of all related laws and regulations.


3. converge on v. phr. 齊聚 (qi2 ju4)

例: Several anti-nuclear protest groups are converging on the legislature today.






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