Plates of beef sit in front of a man as he eats lunch at a local restaurant in central Beijing

 
Plates of beef sit in front of a man as he eats lunch at a local restaurant in central Beijing
Plates of beef sit in front of a man as he eats lunch at a local restaurant in central Beijing February 21, 2008 that has been approved by Chinese authorities to supply beef for athletes at this year's Olympic Games. China expressed regret on Thursday at reports the U.S. Olympic team will bring its own meat for the Beijing Games, and defended the integrity of its food supplies. Beijing had received no formal notification from the U.S. team regarding its plans and China has been at pains to reassure on food safety ahead of the Games, after a series of health scares drew attention to lax oversight and a willingness among manufacturers to flout standards with a view to maximising profits. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA)