May 30th, 2011
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Amid deepening public concerns over the country's food safety following a wave of recent scandals, China's highest court has ordered judges nationwide to hand down harsher sentences, including the death penalty, to people convicted of violating food safety regulations.

In a directive released by the state-run Xinhua news agency over the weekend, the Supreme People's Court said in cases where people die from food safety violations, convicted suspects should be given the death sentence, while criminals involved in non-lethal cases should face longer prison terms and larger fines.

It also called for harsher punishment for government officials found protecting food safety violators or accepting bribes from them.

"The overall food safety situation is stable and improving, but incidents that still occur regularly have seriously endangered people's lives and caused strong social reactions," the directive quoted Wang Shengjun, the country's top judge, as saying. "Our task to maintain food safety remains challenging."

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  1. اختصاص فضا

    Thankfully some bloggers can write. Thanks for this post..

    November 12, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  2. Dripable Service

    Thank god some bloggers can still write. Thanks for this writing!

    October 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  3. hotel nimes

    At least some bloggers can write. My thanks for this blog..

    October 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  4. johnny aiweiwei

    What about the milk companies that sold tainted milk- the same companies which were awarded medals of distinction by the very government earlier? It is obvious that this kind of activity is not just the criminals who make and distribute the poisoned food but also the ones who allow it to be continue and go relatively unpunished.

    May 31, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  5. Evil Grin

    I actually agree. When food safety violations can kill someone, that's a big deal. If it's found that people died and it was directly because of deliberately ignoring or fudging a food safety mandate, that's criminal negligence. That should at least be a very long jail sentence.

    Of course, they'd have to be careful not to use that to convict someone if it truly was an accident, or if someone died of an unrelated cause and then the food they eaten just happened to have a food safety violation that didn't contribute to the problem.

    May 31, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  6. Shih Thead

    Intentional food contamination through action or inaction should be punishable by death in any country.

    May 31, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  7. cynicalsidney

    warning to wudang-shan #2 dairy protein fortification station in chen wang province

    May 31, 2011 at 4:09 am |
  8. cynicalsidney

    "I do not agree with the death penalty in any circumstances. "
    recent science studies show that, men shows pleasure responses watching the one deemed guilty gets punished.
    females, on the other hand, trigger pain responses in their brain being exposed to the same stimuli.
    feminists strongly correlates with anti-capital punishment sentiments, now we know why, it's hardwired in the brain! they are genderly biased by natural design! =D

    May 31, 2011 at 3:57 am |
    • Observer

      Source please?

      May 31, 2011 at 8:27 am |
      • cynicalsidney <<not the actual scholar article which i read, but you should get the picture. and then

        matt R: there's your problem right there, disclosure in China, or the lack thereof.

        May 31, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  9. StormyDays

    I think the death penalty should be used only in case of people intentionally or knowingly selling contaminated food to the public.

    May 30, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • cynicalsidney

      if it's not intentional there's no case against 'violators', it's the degree of their knowledge as to the effects of the contaminates that raises issues.
      'food safety violator' is really a bad term for people who buys 'magic powder', mixing it in milk to pass for a higher protein content. how much responsibility should each shoulder? and what if the seller of magic powder lead the buyer to believe that their product is completely safe, legal and non-toxic? compare that to a dairy farmer who buys real protein whey, then mix it into his milk (i don't know if that's against regulations, but it would be a legitimate claim)

      May 31, 2011 at 3:38 am |
      • Matt R

        Adding anything to milk, whether "magic powder" or whey protein – and not disclosing that fact to purchasers – should be a crime. Ultimately it is the milk producer who is at fault: he's the one adding [whatever] to the product.

        May 31, 2011 at 8:01 am |
  10. T_BONE

    Maybe we should send our Vegans over there as "food tasters".

    May 30, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • @T_BONE

      Only after we send all our assholes, so me being a vegan I guess I'll see you over there.

      May 31, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
      • Tboner never for a vegan

        Well, that would still mean that we still send all our vegans over since you are all a bunch of azzholes.

        May 31, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  11. Truth

    Given the human rights record of the Chinese, I don't think they are kidding.

    May 30, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
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