The Chinese army is to take steps to ensure the safety of its food supply, due to fears unsafe products could harm combat capacity, state media reports.
China has been hit by a food and medicine safety scare
According to a circular, food suppliers will have to pass hygiene and safety checks, and units will be ordered to monitor the supply chain.
In recent months China has been hit by numerous food and drug safety scares.
Poor quality or fake food and drugs, such as toothpaste, pet food and powdered milk, have been found.
In some cases, people have died because of tainted products.
According to the China Daily, the People's Liberation Army's (PLA) 2.3 million troops grow around 10% of their own food but depend on suppliers for the other 90%.
"To strengthen food safety is to guarantee the PLA's combat capacity," the newspaper quoted Zhou Pengjun, an official with the General Logistics Department, as saying.
Troops will also be banned from sharing communal dishes to prevent the spread of disease, the circular said.
Zheng Xiaoyu headed the food and drug agency for seven years
At a news conference in Beijing earlier this week, China's State Food and Drug Administration admitted it had a huge job ahead to improve its supervision of safety standards.
"As a developing country, China's food and drug supervision work began late and its foundations are weak," spokeswoman Yan Jiangying said.
Her comments came as the agency's former head, Zheng Xiaoyu, was executed for corruption.
He had been convicted of taking bribes linked to sub-standard medicines, which were blamed for several deaths.