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Limit for visitors' food

A LIMIT on the amount of food visitors can take to the Expo site is to be imposed after some people were found bringing suitcases full of food and others were found selling their extras to other visitors.

Details of the new rule will be released within a week, said Lin Shengyong, director of the site's commercial administration and service department.

Many visitors bring food with them because food prices are perceived to be higher than outside the site. The average price for a meal is about 40 yuan (US$5.8) per person.

Litter is becoming another problem with empty food containers and bags being dropped at the popular pavilions' waiting areas.

At the Saudi Arabia Pavilion, where queues are now more than five hours long, the trash is sometimes in danger of blocking people's way. Mobile trash bins are being allocated for the queues at popular pavilions, said an official.

Some visitors who tried to sell food to others have been warned about their behavior. Although they might not be profiting from it, they could still be fined and the food confiscated, the official said.

The organizers say that visitors should bring no more food than they need for themselves.

Lin said that the number of digestive problems suffered by visitors was increasing recently due to the hot weather.

Zhang Bin, a doctor at the site, suggested visitors finish the food they bring with them to the site within half a day to avoid it going bad under the sun.


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