Thursday, May 31, 2007

China Food Offical To Die

The Free Market News Network is reporting that a Chinese official, Zheng Xiaoyu, the former head of the country's food and drug agency, has been sentenced to death on bribery and corruption charges.

The Chinese food and drug agency, which has the responsibility of implementing food and drug safety standards, was involved in several scandals including poisoned toothpaste sent to Panama and poisoned pet food products sent to the United States. Xiaoyu reportedly accepted $832,000 in bribes during his seven years in office to approve food and drug products that were not safe. Inspectors are being sent to factories in order to enforce safety regulations and Chinese officials hope Xiaoyu's execution will renew trust in Chinese consumer products.

It's a harsh sentence to be sure. There is no word on whether there was a trial or if Xiaoyu has been arrested.

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