Hungry Mice Play Key Role in Beijing Olympic Operations

China has turned to mice to protect the men and women competing at the 2008 Olympics. Health authorities in Beijing say they'll use white mice to taste test the food. Mice would develop any food poisoning within 17 hours. Sooner, say the Chinese, than methods like bacteria cultures. Items on the menu for the mice include milk, alcohol, salad and rice. By the way, the mice and athletes will be served Western style dishes, with a little Chinese thrown in.

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China has turned to mice to protect the men and women competing at the 2008 Olympics. Health officials in Beijing said they'll use white mice to taste-test the food. Mice would develop any food poisoning within 17 hours. Sooner, say the Chinese, than methods like bacteria cultures. Items on the menu for the mice include milk, alcohol, salad and rice. Mice and athletes will be served Western style dishes with a little Chinese thrown in. This is MORNING EDITION.

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