Saturday, November 26, 2011

China punishes more than 100 people

The Chinese government has responded forcefully to a tainted meat scandal, as AFP reports.
The prime suspect, Liu Xiang, received the death sentence with two years' reprieve on conviction of harming public safety, China Daily said.
Liu's clandestine workshop producing a carcinogenic chemical clenbuterol, which is added to pig feed to produce leaner pork, was seized in Xiangyang city, Henan province in March.
Clenbutoral is banned as livestock feed, as it can cause nausea, dizziness, headaches and heart palpitations in human beings.
Liu's collaborator, Xi Zhongjie, was sentenced to life.
The government employees, including animal health and food safety inspectors, were handed jail sentences ranging from 3 to 9 years.
The aforementioned China Daily story leaves little doubt that the government is not at all happy. 
The main culprit, Liu Xiang, was sentenced to death with two years' reprieve on conviction of harming public safety, it said.
Liu's clandestine workshop producing clenbuterol, a carcinogenic chemical added to pig feed to produce leaner pork, was seized in Henan's Xiangyang city on March 25, 10 days after he was prosecuted, the court said.
Liu's collaborator, Xi Zhongjie, was sentenced to life, it said.

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