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Harsher penalties for food crimes

02-26-2011 19:48 BJT

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In addition to stricter penalties for drunk driving, people convicted of producing or selling tainted food also face tougher punishment. This marks another step in the country's efforts to improve food safety and protect public health.

The changes include raising the minimum penalty for such crimes to five years in prison. Experts welcomed the decision, saying that food safety is a domestic and global concern. They added that the issue is closely linked with China's international image and the export industry.

In July 2010, milk powder produced in northwest China's Qinghai Province was found to contain excessive levels of melamine.

The toxic chemical is normally used in the manufacturing of plastics. It had been added to watered-down milk to artificially boost protein levels during quality checks.

The case was the latest in the country's list of tainted milk scandals.

Earlier in 2008, melamine-tainted dairy products killed at least six babies and caused kidney problems in another 300-thousand infants nationwide.

In the wake of the scandal, the central government adopted vigorous measures to fight food safety violations and punish convicted producers and officials who neglect their duties.



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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