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China's ex-food and drug chief sentenced to death

BEIJING — China's former food and drug safety chief was given a death sentence Tuesday for taking bribes from drug companies and approving unsafe medicines.

The sentence, announced by state media, comes as China is under growing domestic and international pressure to clean up its food and drug sectors after a series of scandals, including the poisoning of hundreds of American pets.

Zheng Xiaoyu, director of China's State Food and Drug Administration from 1998 to 2005, was convicted of dereliction of duty and taking more than $832,000 in cash and gifts, according to state news agency Xinhua.

An antibiotic OK'd under Zheng was withdrawn from the market last year after 10 patients died, state media reported. Six types of fake drugs were approved while he led the agency, according to state-run media.

A Beijing court said Zheng, 62, "sought benefits" for eight pharmaceutical companies by approving their drugs and medical devices, Xinhua reported. His actions "greatly undermined … the efficiency of China's drug monitoring and supervision, endangered public life and health and had a very negative social impact," the court said.

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Well, if you had to listen to Bot's suggestion we should all buy our food from locally produced farms. That would be great but our farmers don't make toothpaste which is mostly imported from China and has been found laced with anitfreez. Maybe we should make our own tooth paste.
Anyone cares to defend this guy from this harsh sentence? Anyone wants to invest in a local toothpaste factory? I am sure the Jayhawk will find us a local cheap and knowledgeable labor to make it happen.
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He killed people - fuck him.
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