Sentenced To Death...China's Food Boss...

Zheng Xiaoyu was accused of taking up to $780,000 in bribes to approve untested medicines.

The former head of China's food and drug safety regulatory body has been sentenced to death for corruption. Zheng Xiaoyu was convicted by a court in Beijing on charges of taking bribes and dereliction of duty, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

Zheng, 62, headed the watchdog State Food and Drug Administration which sets standards for food and drug safety, from 1998 until he was sacked in 2005.

Food Safety and Drugs...

Beijing has pledged tougher inspections amid growing domestic and international alarm over tainted products. Several countries have already imposed bans or voiced concerns about Chinese imports:

United States
Deaths of hundreds of pets blamed on Chinese pet food tainted with melamine, a chemical used in plastics, fertilizers and fireproofing
Mississippi and Alabama banned Chinese catfish after tests found they contained antibiotics
Europe and Japan
Excessive antibiotic or pesticide residues in Chinese shrimp, honey and other products
Hong Kong
Turbot found to contain traces of malachite green - a potential cancer-causing chemical used to treat fungal infections
Babies die after being fed fake baby formula
Cancer-causing dyes injected into eggs to make yolks redder
Children given saltwater passed off as rabies vaccine



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