F1 Teams Advised to Bring Their Own Food in China

The teams and drivers traveling to Shanghai for the 2011 Chinese Grand Prix this weekend have been warned by the authorities in regards to the food supplies for the duration of their stay in the Asian country.

With the nuclear crisis in Japan getting worse by the day, the Chinese authorities did their job and warned the representatives of the Great Circus as to the danger of consuming certain foods, not only because of the radiation coming from Japan, but also because of the high risk of unintentionally ingesting the illegal steroid clenbuterol.

According to media correspondents that have travelled to China for this weekend's race, clenbuterol has recently been used by some farms in China to “speed up and increase muscle mass in animals.” However, the chemical also has detrimental effects on humans, causing sickness.

Drivers have therefore been urged to use caution when consuming things like meat, eggs and milk,” said a report from the GMM news agency, citing local sources.

In addition, all teams have been advised to bring their own food and bottled water for the duration of the event, as a precautionary measure for the risk os radiation in the region. According to reports however, such a risk currently does not exist in the Shanghai area, where the F1 event will take place between April 15-17.

Other parts of the country are however affected by radiation coming from the Fukushima nuclear plant.
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