The 58-year-old actor, one of the few Asian stars who have managed to break into Western film markets, said China's poor food safety record could become "a joke that lasts a hundred years".
"Every time I'm in China, they (foreigners) will joke about it and ask me 'Can this be eaten? This can't be eaten?'
"Even when I go to the US, they'd sit beside me and say 'You can relax and eat it, these are our things'," Chan told Chinese reporters after a meeting of China's top political advisory body, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference's arts sub-group .
Chan also expressed concern that the piracy situation in China was getting worse, and believed tougher enforcement could make things better.
"The enforcement in China is too lax," he said.
"I brought a group of Chinese directors to Zhuhai (a Chinese city). A policeman came over and warned us that smoking is not allowed there. But everyone continued to smoke, including my manager."
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