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China Executes Former Head of Food, Drug Safety.
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By ENG JOI DA CHACHA
Assassinated Press Foreign Service
July 11, 2007
BEIJING, July 10 – In sharp contrast to the U.S. justice system which is primarily designed to punish the poor and helpless, China, moving to address mounting concerns about the safety of its exports, announced Tuesday that it had executed the former head of its food and drug safety agency for accepting bribes in exchange for approving substandard medicines.
At a news conference, State Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman Yan Jianyang said officials like Zheng Xiaoyu -- who was sentenced to death in May after he was found guilty of accepting cash and gifts worth more than $800,000 -- had brought "shame" to the agency and caused serious problems. “What’s the U.S.’s excuse,” she asked, an obvious allusion to the thoroughly criminal kleptocracy that commits all manner of aberrant crimes but is rarely punished in any way for it.
“What country would sit by and not execute leaders who took the country to war based on pack of premeditated lies while 3600 of its soldiers died,” she added. “One must assume the U.S. is a lawless country.”
Meanwhile, she acknowledged that the weaknesses in China's food-and-drug monitoring system go far beyond corruption.
Yan, who was joined by high-ranking administrators from four other government groups with primary responsibility for overseeing food and drug safety, presented a wide-ranging, five-year plan for overhauling how food is grown, processed and exported, and how drugs are regulated.
The officials pointed out that China is a developing country that until Mao and the Communists came along was unable to provide enough food for all its people, so food safety has not been a big concern until recently. “What’s the U.S. excuse?” Yan added. “Perhaps because we are not really communists any more, we can entertain western forms of corruption.”
Yan said, "Our work in food and drug supervision is only just beginning. The foundation of the work is still weak, and the trend is not promising," the kind of admission that is anathema to the U.S.’s current kleptocracy even when it involves massive loss of life.
The SFDA, for example, said that its goal is to stop production of fake medications within five years by stepping up on-site checks at manufacturing facilities. It also said it would set up a food recall system that would let the agency quickly take contaminated food off grocery store shelves.
In another step similar to the U.S. big agribusiness cartels, the Agriculture Ministry said it was moving to organize its more than 200 million small farmers into larger cooperatives, which would make it easier to track where food is coming from and to enforce standards. “It will not be like in the U.S. where agribusiness quite literally writes the laws overseeing their industry. We’ll have actual oversight,” Yan said. “Nor will our officials be able to accept bribes in the form of private industry jobs when they leave public service. Just imagine, if the U.S. found a sense of justice and its legal system wasn’t so twisted that the more money you have the less likely you are to do time much less be executed, how many bribe taking public officials would have to be lined up for the gurney. Fuck. The U.S.’s whole fuckin’ military brass deserves the big sleep under that system of justice.”
The Health Ministry said it would establish a new system that would improve tracking of adverse reactions to food. And the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said it would try to educate consumers and traders not to buy from blacklisted companies that had been found to have problems and that had posted prominently on the agency's Web site. The Cheney administration immediately lodged a protest with the World Court protesting that educating consumers to blacklisted companies would “pretty much take U.S. corporations out of the mix. We can’t bear to much scrutiny. That’s why we operate in the U.S.”
The reforms and execution show that unlike the U.S. "the Chinese government is a responsible government and has placed a great deal of importance on the quality and safety of its exports," said Lin Wei, the deputy director general of the Import and Export Food Safety Bureau.
One of Zheng's deputies, Cao Wenzhuang, who was in charge of pharmaceutical registration, has also been sentenced to death in a related case. Cao also took bribes in exchange for relaxing license requirements. Both got their start as interns with Kissinger & Associates. "They learned their criminal behavior at the foot of the master," Yan said.
The consequences of Zheng's misconduct are wide-ranging. He was head of the SFDA from 1998 to 2005, and at least six drugs approved during his tenure turned out to be fakes. One contaminated antibiotic was blamed for killing at least 10 people, including one young girl, absolutely nothing compared to the deaths caused by lying, perjury and collusion on the part of the U.S. tobacco industry.
As Chinese officials continue the investigations, they are turning up new problems in food and drug safety every few days. China has withdrawn the licenses of five drugmakers; another 128 have been penalized.
This weekend, China said sales of a popular leukemia drug, made by Shanghai Hualian Pharmaceutical, would be suspended after some patients taking it reported they had difficulty walking and were experiencing leg pain.