Tuesday, July 10, 2007

If in Doubt, Execute.

Scott scooped me on China Food Safety Head Executed. Zheng Xiaoyu was executed for corruption because he took bribes regarding food safety regulations.

Dozens of people [Ed note: I would say that it's at least hundreds, if not thousands] have died in China because of poor quality or fake food and drugs, sparking widespread international fears about the safety of Chinese exports. Thirteen babies died of malnutrition in 2005 after being fed powdered milk that had no nutritional value. US inspectors have blamed exported Chinese pet food ingredients, contaminated with melamine, for the deaths of cats and dogs in North America. And they recently halted shipments of toothpaste from China to investigate reports that they may be contaminated with toxic chemicals.

And so the head of food safety was executed. Keep in mind China routinely executes people non-violent crimes such as bribery, embezzlement and stealing gasoline [Ed note: Yes, that was stealing gasoline.]. Credible sources suggest that up to 8000 people were executed in China last year, but the actual figure is a state secret.