China Ex-Food and Drug Chief Executed – Alexa Olesen

 China 2007-05 16 Xin 160504161423166172543 From AP, via The Guardian:

China on Tuesday executed the former head of its food and drug watchdog who had become a symbol of the country’s wide-ranging problems on product safety.

Zheng Xiaoyu’s execution was confirmed by State Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman Yan Jianyang at a news conference held to highlight efforts to improve China’s track record on food and drug safety. [Full Text]

For the New York Times, Joseph Kahn writes: “…The country’s Supreme Court has recently made a highly publicized effort to show that it carefully reviews all death sentences and that it has restricted the power of local courts to impose that penalty.

But Mr. Zheng’s case appears to have served a political purpose, allowing senior leaders to show that they have begun confronting the country’s poor product safety record.” [Full Text]

Photo source: China Daily.