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Death Sentence For Bribery In China…Links to U.S. Toxic Products?

In China, Economy, Health, news, World News on July 7, 2007 at 8:44 pm


Everything from wheat gluten in pet food to lead paint on toys have been toxic to American consumers. Many point the finger at China saying their products are the source of these issues. Although China has repeatedly denied any fault in terms of their products that are exported to the U.S., one cannot wonder if today’s report from the AP is a “read between the lines” message to Americans. A former department director of the China’s drug regulation agency has been charged with bribery…and the sentence? Death…

From the AP:

Cao Wenzhuang, a departmental director at the State Food and Drug Administration, was given the death sentence with a two-year reprieve on charges of accepting bribes and neglecting official duties, said his lawyer, Gao Zicheng.

Although the sentence was unusually harsh given the charges, such suspended death sentences are usually commuted to life in prison if the convict is deemed to have reformed.

Cao, who oversaw the pharmaceutical registration department, had been secretary to Zheng Xiaoyu, the head of the agency, in the 1980s. Zheng was sentenced to death in May for taking bribes to approve substandard medicines, including an antibiotic cited in at least 10 deaths.

The article continues by addressing the issues of recalls(the most recent was this week) in the U.S. that have links to Chinese production. Read the entire article – it has made me think twice about the amount of products we consume and use from China.

China is no stranger to the death penalty. Many amnesty groups have reported that China has led the pack in executions in 2006.

…and I thought we had an express lane to the execution chamber in Texas.


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