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OFF WITH HIS HEAD: China Executes Former Head of Food & Drug Agency

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Zheng Xiaoyu executed as the fall guy for the problems China is experiencing in its food and drug industry. He was accused of taking bribes as well as laxness in overseeing his agency's operation.


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RC deWinter (418)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 6:28 am
China is deseprate to sell their food and pharmaceuticals to the world. The execution of the former head of this agency doesn't make ME feel any better about buying ANYTHING from China - and is another demonstration of their culture's lack of evolution to the 21st century. No, I don't hate the Chinese people - I pity them for having to live in such a pro-official violence and poverty-stricken land. Yes, our American government has long abandoned the high moral ground as well, but we haven't yet started executing the dimbulb Bush appointees who constantly fail us. Hmm...(grinning mischievously)

RC deWinter (418)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 6:38 am
That's DESPERATE, folks...faulty fingers...

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Tuesday July 10, 2007, 6:54 am

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Tuesday July 10, 2007, 6:57 am
if i may at this juncture it would be a very good idea to sign all petitions and campaign sin favour of fda tighter restrictions any and all of the baove against china and this entire food /pet scandal to keep the pressure on for the chinese govt to make a chnage a permanent change. i know orion has some ideas on that. so ifi may suggest cate for youa nd all of us to post whatever links we have on what i have stated

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Tuesday July 10, 2007, 7:01 am
and they seemed to be intereste din their own internal situation?
>> Business
UPDATED: 16:37, January 05, 2007
China kicks off food safety evaluation campaign for 31 major cities

China's food and drug regulator, the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA), kicked off the 2006 food safety evaluation campaign in 31 major cities on Friday.

The campaign, in its fourth year in China, aims to evaluate local government food safety supervision performance and citizen's satisfaction with food safety over the past 12 months.

Sun Xianze, director of the SFDA's food safety coordination department, told a national food safety conference in Beijing on Friday that 12 evaluation teams composed of officials from SFDA and other governmental departments including the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Health, will set off for the country's four municipalities and 27 provincial or regional capital cities this weekend.

Sun said the 2006 food safety evaluation campaign will cover three major indices -- urban government performance, consumer satisfaction and food safety inspection.

The China Consumers' Association has just finished investigating the level of consumer satisfaction in the 31 cities, and official inspection agencies have carried out the safety evaluation for some specific items such as vegetables, wheat powder, and infant milk powder.

The SFDA said it would publish the final evaluation result for the 31 cities in a month.

The Chinese government has made a sustained effort to improve food safety supervision in the last 12 months, with a series of measures implemented nationwide. Experts said the annual food safety evaluation campaign has helped to promote regional food safety supervision.

Source: Xinhua


Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 7:03 am
i know orian daley was discussing the appropriate peition that is politically savvy and economically sound to make sure we are no tposioned again
i will let everyone know when it i sdrafted

RC deWinter (418)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 7:07 am
Thanks, Sophia...we'd love to see that petition...enough is enough...they kill us with their products and their own by the sword...

kathryn cook (628)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 7:16 am
Well wasnt that convienent -- hmmm and to think the real bad guys are still at large. Great - the fall guy gets beheaded. What a civilized place we live in. I now feel so warm and fuzzy about buying from China ..... NOT!!! Geez stoning of women - beheading of the "fall guy" - mass murders -- what a wonderful world we reside in.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 8:29 am
What kind of "closure" is this supposed to bring? What is really being buried?Our government's laxness is the cause of our problems- by refusing to implement laws that have been passed to define the country of source for our meat (just one instance) - not China's internal politics. Looks like a good reason to say grace before meals!

Stephen Hannon (203)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 8:36 am
I have heard of some harsh sentences for taking bribes and general screw ups, but this one really says it all. China doesn't mess around with people who embarass their country...

Melissa J B (12)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 8:57 am
I turned pale reading that. I turned incredibly pale. I guess you are right, Stephen. China really DOESN'T mess around with people who embarass their country. I suppose in a way they felt justified killing a man who single handedly made many people not want to buy any food items from China for a good long while and therefore hurt their entire country's income. He didn't just embarass their country, he ended up making people avoid an entire market from their country. *she shakes her heads*

The sad thing is not only that he was killed, but that he was a "fall guy" and that the same sentence will not be shared with the many people who contributed to what happened. There could've easily been 20 people who held just as much responsibility in this matter but do you see them dead too? It's sad to watch people point fingers in their desperation, being willing to spill the blood of absolutely anyone to try and clear their name and not take the fall with that person.

What's worse is the death of that man won't make a difference in anyone actually wanting to buy food items from China. His death was pointless with the exception that China proved it will not tolerate anyone marring their name and gave a violent and direct warning to anyone in a position of power to watch themselves, because if they should fumble or be unable to stop others from becoming corrupt, they WILL lose their lives and perhaps even more. There is no telling if there were other consequences to his surviving family for his mistake. Maybe it's the optimist in me, but I would've liked to see consequences for everyone involved and no death instead of them electing a fall guy to take the heat and hoping that no one will think that the corruption was deeper than one person. If China thinks we'll buy that, it must think we are pretty darn naive, eh? ;)

Mary H (47)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 9:50 am
And this surprises who?? Naivity is how we have presented the people of the USA! By trading with China -- we have strengthened them & the China government has not changed one bit -- our government has just turned its head & looked the other way~
I can't believe we are trading with a country where human rights are fictional.

Jakki S (173)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 11:03 am

bill R (115)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 11:24 am
I couldn't care less about how China handles their affairs or carries out their laws. It simply doesn't affect nor concern me. What concerns me is their unfair trade policy with this country and the fact that the filty , greedy corporations of this country are sending our jobs over to China. They are cheap and greedy and they want to manufacture at slave wages, yet they want us to support their business. I hold no hard feelings toward China except that they need to open their markets up more to us. My hatred is directed toward our own people who betray us in the name of the almighty dollar and this " hitler like regime " that support them. When tainted products enter this country, blame our own government and the corporate hogs that pull their strings. I try my best to buy either american or canadian whenever possible and practical. When a company is too cheap to hire american operators , I refuse to talk to their forgein personnel that phone me, and I tell the person that I only do business with an American. I try my best to never contract with a company who worker majority is forgein. I strongly support immigration, but I support my country and its people first. So in closing, I say lets be more concern about our corporations and our government and their treason to the American people rather than criticize the government of other countries.

Timothy Brown (1)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 11:26 am
This may be appropriate to Chinese law, I note this was approved by China's Supreme People's Court and I am not familiar with their legal system. But if so, then the majority of the members of the CPC Central Committee are probably eligible for the tumbrel. This also may be an excellent opportunity for
our Administration to fiddle some more the Constitution. I mean wouldn't it have been a lot easier for George to execute Scooter and blame him for Everything rather going to all the grief of a commutation.

Melissa J B (12)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 12:04 pm
*falls over twitching, then starts to laugh* "This also may be an excellent opportunity for
our Administration to fiddle some more the Constitution. I mean wouldn't it have been a lot easier for George to execute Scooter and blame him for Everything rather going to all the grief of a commutation." The day this happens we know we are all doomed. I have to ask you all, how many of our Bill of Rights do we actually have rights to anymore? Let's see:

Amendment I:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Still given to us? No. I probably don't even have to give examples...

Amendment II:

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Still Given To Us: No. When's the last time YOU'VE seen someone being allowed to carry a knife or gun on their person in public without being jailed?

Amendment IV:

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Still Given To Us: Yes, but then again when has that ever came up in modern times?

Amendment IV:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Still Given To Us: No. FBI can and will walk straight into your house and do whatever the heck they want. You think you or anyone else will stop them? Think again.

Amendment V:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Still Given To Us: No. We'd love to think so, but no.

Amendment VI:

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Still Given To Us: No...speedy alone makes it invalid...

Amendment VII:

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Still Given To Us: Far as I know, no. Things always seem to get reexamined...

Amendment VIII:

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Still Given To Us: No, no, no. Geez just look at Virgina's new speeding fine. You can't tell me that isn't excessive. That's enough to drive most people to the poor house...

Amendment IX:

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Still Given To Us: No

Amendment X:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

Still Given To Us: No. The government passes law after law telling us what we can and can't do and overpowers the state's ability to rule now. We aren't ruled by our state government anymore. We are ruled by the US government.

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Tuesday July 10, 2007, 12:20 pm

Mara G (411)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 12:37 pm
WOW is right Nancy. They sure didn't wast any time, did they. Hmmmm...makes me have evil thoughts about a few others in positions of power. No...don't wanna go there. But it is a "fleeting" thought. I have never believed in the death penalty as it is just as immoral as the crime itself. Not a good role model for a civilized culture.

Melissa J B (12)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 12:59 pm
It's amazing how wonderfully fast knowledge spreads with but one small light to start it, eh? ;)

Monica Rega (96)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 1:00 pm
To execute this man is stupid. The chinese gov'ment does think it will work and unfortunately it will work on a few % of the population. and maybe even some of the world. They shouldn't execute him they should look deep into their system and find out where it all starts. It may not even have a begining or an ending. but a circle of decite and lies and short cuts. dangerouse short cuts. This ONE man is NOT responsible for ALL the nasty food and stuff that has gone in to circulation. It is MORE THAN ONE! They need a whole new panel.

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Tuesday July 10, 2007, 1:04 pm

Esther S (45)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 1:30 pm
I don't even know if the man was really guilty or if he got a fair trial. This is very disturbing.

Bobbie W (113)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 1:51 pm
It just shows what we have known for a long time-the Chinese evidently put no value on life of any kind. I wonder if they all lack compassion? And to put the blame all on one man! Wake up, China!

Tim Redfern (581)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 2:00 pm
So, they chop this guy's head off, and that's supposed to make me feel better about our people who were sickened and killed, our pets who were sickened and killed, by tainted Chinese foodproducts? Like all the rest of you, it doesn't change my opinion of China one little bit. Actually, it's lowered it! Capital punishment is a touchy subject with me, anyway. Capital punishment is the government killing people who kill people in order to demonstrate that killing people is wrong.

Kari D (192)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 2:55 pm
I'm glad I am American, but then.......

Melissa J B (12)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 3:00 pm
One could argue that it is a culture difference. For instance, look at the samurai. When they have failed their master, the only way to regain their honor was to kill themselves. That idea of killing or dying to regain honor is a very traditional belief for those in China so to some degree, that might be why they did it.

Pamela R (159)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 3:01 pm
I wish we could have stopped the execution. Placing the blame on the entire country of China and its people is not appropriate. We have approved pharmaceuticals in OUR country that have tuned out to be harmful ~ should the entire US population be faulted?

Carol W (119)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 3:34 pm

Ouch, that has to hurt. And we call Libby a 'SkateGoat'. ha

Jim H (63)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 4:02 pm
I have been to China a number of times on business and have a great relationship with business and government leaders. I have followed this since his arrest to see what would happen. He took bribes from drug companies and put himself first before his country and the people who trusted his decisions. This is also a message to foreigners that the days of bribery are gone. Yes it is harsh in our eyes as westerners, but they are more concerned about the future generations. They might seem slow in some things, but in others they are slowly getting there.

Pamela Salomon (255)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 4:07 pm
Noted. China looks even more stupid now. Honor killing, how dumb is that. God that upsets me!

judy W (111)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 4:17 pm

Darlene K (356)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 6:24 pm
China is a topic that I could rant on for hours, so I will simply state....NOTED!

Jennie B (14)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 6:29 pm
I believe we in the U.S.need to be even more careful about anything from China now-particularly medicines (they do poach and use TIGER and BEAR parts!) and food. They probably think putting someone to death is reassuring to the world-they are rather out of touch, however, it just tells me how FEUDAL they are in their approach to handling problems. Will they appoint someone "better?" Somehow I doubt it. This is a show because of the Olympics -they really don't care about the quality of the food and meds they export or they would stop the poaching of tigers, bears, and elephant tusks. They are sigularly self centered and this is a distraction from what else they are doing behind our backs. Noted

Michael Cline (23)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 6:37 pm
they are just putting on a show so they can export more poison ...we don't need anything they have there
if we don't inport anything from china, we don't have to worry about them sending poison over here

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 7:19 pm
He was sentenced for accepting bribes- not for causing deaths to people. That shows where their emphasis lies- no matter what they "meant" .

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Tuesday July 10, 2007, 9:09 pm

Morgaen W (8)
Wednesday July 11, 2007, 12:17 am
But it was OK to execute Saddam Hussein and his cronies? Or move a 16 year old (son of Washington Sniper) over the border to be tried as an adult and executed? Or to fight a war over what some terrorists supposedly did? It's all the same thing with different labels. One is killing for justice, another is morally wrong because it's a communist government or pro-official violence government.
I think what is important is that China got to the bottom of the problem and that makes me feel they care about the reputation of their goods be it foods, medicines, whatever, at least they are dealing with it.
Whether we approve of their methods is not really for any of us to argue about, we are not Chinese and we don't live their life or abide by their rules. And that's just what it is: - their rules, their country. If one chooses not to buy from them in protest of their laws and methods of punishment, then that should be one's own personal decision. Personally, I don't feel execution was necessary in this case, but neither Britain or America rule the world (thankfully) and we should learn to respect the customs of others rather than trying to make the rest of the world adhere to our intentions.
However America still has the death penalty in some states so therefore how is China any different?

Morgaen W (8)
Wednesday July 11, 2007, 12:29 am
PS: As for the Fall Guy approach, that is no different to when Guy Fawkes was tried and executed for the Gunpowder Treason. He wasn't the ringleader, the ringleader was a member of the aristocracy who could afford to buy his way out. It's just Guy Fawkes lacked the intelligence to stand up for himself and probably lacked teh money and connections to do so even if he was not a simpleton.
Perhaps a similar thing happened in China?

Rob S (112)
Wednesday July 11, 2007, 9:51 pm
Well of course the bigwigs in politics always have their "Lackeys"that they can shove the blame for all their dirty deeds.Been that way for years.Finger pointings been going on in almost every country.(Hey that sounds close to home,snicker)It,s never the ones in power(god forbid)no not me,it was the other guy.Yah right.Politics never change.

Denice G (45)
Wednesday July 11, 2007, 10:52 pm
I feel there is no value put on life in China. Theirs or ours. Don't buy products, any products from China. I believe the execution was wrong. What did it prove? Nothing..

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Thursday July 12, 2007, 12:36 pm

Jean Smith (108)
Tuesday July 17, 2007, 2:32 pm
noted whats new

Merry L (74)
Wednesday July 18, 2007, 10:59 am
Noted-and disgusted!

Teresa del Castillo (1519)
Monday July 30, 2007, 12:33 pm
China has the "power", why? because the USA gave that power to them, also many countries, a lot of them, we buy their crap! They even make Mexican Crafts, imitation!, they are taking the poorest people of the world even that, THEIR CULTURE, THEIR WORK. Time to stop these people to starve the whole world and feed some of us with their CRAP. I donīt trust in them for a second. And also I donīt like how the make "justice".

Past Member (0)
Monday July 30, 2007, 2:27 pm
you are right, our government is sending more of our jobs to other country's. there is nothing but minimum wage jobs. the state of PA is going to be a service state. there are no high paying jobs in the state of Pa. our children have to go out of state to make the big money. when it should be in our back yard the head quarters might be here ,but the jobs are in other country's. so if you want the money that's where you have to go.i know i have a son.he now works in brazil but the company corporation is in the PA area 8 years of college's prying all the time. the world is so full of hate .& other countries are run differently .its not a safe place any son would love to live & work in the PA . the cost to have a nice life is not here. its a service food resturants .wal-mart.giant eagle' shops. gas stations.& we have a Sony's here but the state gives all those jobs to well-fair people. & the Sony corporation gets a kick back from the state .Sony's is from china, their TV & high tech equipment cost a fortune & their wages are minimum wages.6$ at the most. & working conditions are horrific. all for 6 dollar a hr. what a bunch of crap. in time Sony's will move. oh by the way the Sony's corporation who's making billions of dollars on their equipment gets a huge break. they do not have to pay taxes. but we get taxed everything. politicians are full of sh ** they are not for the people they are all liars, all the young people who went to collage for high tech jobs have to leave the state of PA to find a job in what they went to school for. sony's could fill a lot of jobs for the men and ladies who went to school . they do not want to pay the money. so they give jobs to people who never went to school. the state wants to get these people out of the system & thats ok. but not at the cost of stealing jobs from young people who went to collage for those kind of jobs.the state needs to pay the educations for the people who are on wel- fair.the collage kids earned the right to have the jobs. its a cheating lying flucking game that the greedy politicians are playing. look how sony's gain. 1- huge taxed breaks for as long as they stay & hire workers for 5 dollars a return the state pays Sony's for hiring these providing transportation for the workers who most do not have car's or license to drive. the state pays sony's gas. for the van that picks the workers up who don't drive. many years ago. we had a car factory from germany. volkswagen. came to PA the state gave them a huge break for 10 years . no taxes V.W. paid high wages a hr.they paid because of the big 3 auto makers in other states were paying. wages were great. paid by the week. workers made 800 hundred a week. benefits !!!! living was sweet. this area was booming . housing selling was up. until dooms day came. 10 years later V.W. ship up & pack up drop a bomb on many people who thought they would always have a job. the company lie along with the state there was no in formations in the beginning letting the people know that W.V. was only going to be here for 10 years.V.W. went back to germany . their union let them down also. V.W. paid the high wages for a good life. but let no one know about the 10 year dead zone. the state knew. many people commented suicide. many divorces. many foreclosures on homes dreams shatter. broken families. you talk about trusting politicians. please nothing but flocking mother flockers who watch out only for the rich.society standards we have them politicians do not even know the beginning of honesty. they are from the school of schemers & underhanded games.on how to screw up society with their psychological bull shi***.fast talking to get a seat in the white house or a seat in the Senate .or to run our states & city's. I'm not sure if i want to vote any more. for what.look around. the world is in a train wreck . & its going to get worse .they need to get their as**** off their shorders & stop sniffing the coke. we will continue to have the same devastating effect until they pick the door of decisions.and make a change it only comes with honesty & heart ,
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