China to execute former drug regulator.

Poison found in food and drugs from China.

Melamine: poisoned pets
Melamine: poisoned pets
In recent months, multiple deaths of people and pets have been blamed on Chinese ingredients. At least 51 people in Panama died after taking medicine containing diethylene glycol falsely labeled as glycerin from China. The same poisonous ingredient was found in toothpaste traced back to China. China was also blamed for 14,000 reports of sickened pets due to tainted pet food.

In recent years, for instance, China’s food safety scandals have involved everything from fake baby milk formulas and soy sauce made from human hair to instances where cuttlefish were soaked in calligraphy ink to improve their color and eels were fed contraceptive pills to make them grow long and slim. New York Times

Melamine fools food testers

Melamine, a cheap plastic made from oil, and when added to animal feed, looks like protein in tests.

“It just saves money if you add melamine scrap,” says a manager of an animal feed factory in China.

Melanine in food is illegal in the United States. Sixteen pet deaths linked to melanine led to the recall of 60 million packages of pet food.

China needs to improve food and drug regulations.

China's former top drug regulator was sentenced to death today for taking bribes to approve substandard medicines, including an antibiotic blamed for at least 10 deaths.

Zheng's acts "greatly undermined ... the efficiency of China's drug monitoring and supervision, endangered public life and health and had a very negative social impact," the court said.

Under a nationwide safety campaign launched Monday, 90 administration inspectors will be sent to 15 provinces over the next two weeks. The government also announced plans for its first recall system for unsafe products. Hopefully China will learn that regulating food and drug safety is worth while.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

bryan kennedy's picture

In the news story I heard about this on the BBC last night they said that the sentence would likely be reduced in an appeal. As much I agree that regulation needs to be beefed up and that this guy committed some heinous crimes, I don't think the death penalty is appropriate.

posted on Tue, 05/29/2007 - 1:40pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

China executed the former head of its food and drug watchdog on Tuesday for approving untested medicine in exchange for cash, the strongest signal yet from Beijing that it is serious about tackling its product safety crisis.

Associated Press via Yahoo News

posted on Tue, 07/10/2007 - 6:51am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

....Golly! That poor fellow. If he was a goverment official in this country. he could: retire early, collect a solid gold pension, run the talk show circuit and write a book ( usualy titled along the lines, "Screw You, Look at Me"! or, "It Was Just a Dog".).......All the while raising our costs for food and drugs to finance his defense.

posted on Thu, 05/31/2007 - 1:55pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

cool that is very educational

posted on Tue, 07/10/2007 - 8:22am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

do you like china and its futures? if so what of them do u like

posted on Tue, 07/10/2007 - 8:27am
Scamdex's picture
Scamdex says:

Public office is (or should be) different to other employment. The higher the station, the more influence there is and the more responsibility. Likewise, the punishments should be commensurate.

If a disaffected worker in Taco Bell starts to put a little extra 'something' in the tacos he makes, then he should be punished as befits the crime by some formula based on the number of people affected, the damage done to those people and the reputation of the food vendor tempered by other factors such as his reason for his actions and his

At the other end of the scale, a president who knowing sends 3,000 soldiers to war on false premises, resulting in the deaths of countless other civilians should also be held accountable using the same criteria.

.... so maybe the death penalty isn't such a bad idea after all?

posted on Tue, 07/10/2007 - 2:35pm
Tori.j's picture
Tori.j says:

yikes!!! I'll make sure to check where my food comes from next time!

posted on Wed, 10/17/2007 - 11:14am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I wonder if he had any helper(s) in his crime. If so, I hope the police catch them.

posted on Thu, 10/18/2007 - 10:51am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

China tainted milk results in more executions.
Click on links to learn more.
Two Are Executed for Roles in China Milk Scandal New York Times
China executes 2 for role in tainted milk scanda Yahoo News

posted on Tue, 11/24/2009 - 9:35am

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