China expressed regret on Thursday at reports the U.S. Olympic team would bring its own meat for the Beijing Games over concerns of drugs tainted food, and said it could guarantee safe supplies.
The New York Times has reported that the U.S. Olympic Committee has arranged with sponsors to ship 25,000 pounds of lean protein to Beijing for the Games, in response to concerns about the potential impact of veterinary drugs and insecticides on athletes.
"I personally feel rather regretful," Kang Yi, head of the Catering Division at the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, told a news conference.
I can't figure out where exactly this falls in the non-discrimination framework. Normally, non-discrimination occurs in relation to products imported into the market of the country doing the discriminating. But here, the discrimination is against foreign products when nationals of a country consume those products abroad. The whole thing has kind of a GATS feel to it. Perhaps that's it: It's discrimination against foreign catering services under the consumption abroad mode.