China executes ex-head of food and drug agency
Well, I am not advocating that we follow the Chinese lead here, but one wonders what effect this type of policy would have on our own bureaucrats?
Quoting from the MSNBC article:
China on Tuesday executed the former head of its food and drug watchdog who had become a symbol of the countryâ€™s wide-ranging problems on product safety.
Zheng Xiaoyuâ€™s execution was confirmed by State Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman Yan Jianyang at a news conference held to highlight efforts to improve Chinaâ€™s track record on food and drug safety.
Such cases â€œhave brought shame to our administration and revealed serious problems. We need to seriously reflect on what lessons we can draw from such cases,â€ Yan said about Zheng and a separate case involving Cao Wenzhuang, the administrationâ€™s former pharmaceutical registration department director.
Zhengâ€™s death sentence was unusually heavy even for China, believed to carry out more court-ordered executions than all other nations combined, and likely indicates the leadershipâ€™s determination to confront the countryâ€™s dire product safety record.
It makes me very thankful to live in the United States where we have much higher standards–both food safety and otherwise.
Last week, Chinaâ€™s food safety watchdog said almost 20 percent of products made for consumption within China were found to be substandard in the first half of 2007. Canned and preserved fruit and dried fish were the most problematic, primarily because of excessive bacteria and additives, the agency said.