Friday, July 6, 2007

Chinese Food and Drug Administration official sentenced to death

Poisonous pet food, counterfeit medicine, dangerous toys, toxic toothpaste- it seems like you can't turn on the news these days without seeing a segment about yet another fake and/or deadly Chinese product. China's brand image is taking a serious beating. Apparently the Chinese government intends to do something about it:

For the second time in three months, a former high-ranking official at China’s top food and drug watchdog agency has been sentenced to death for corruption and approving counterfeit drugs, the state-run news media said on Friday.

Cao Wenzhuang, who until 2005 was in charge of drug registration approvals at the State Food and Drug Administration, was accused of accepting more than $300,000 in bribes from two pharmaceutical companies and helping undermine the public’s confidence in an agency that is supposed to be safeguarding the nation’s health.

Mr. Cao’s sentence was handed down by the No. 1 Intermediate Court in Beijing, less than two months after the same court sentenced Zheng Xiaoyu, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration to death for accepting $850,000 in bribes to help steer drug companies through various approval processes.


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