The New York Times reports that Zheng Xiaoyu, the former commissioner of China’s Food and Drug Administration, has been sentenced to death “after pleading guilty to corruption and accepting bribes.” According to the story, the former bureaucrat “received the unusually harsh sentence amid heightened concern about the quality and safety of China’s food and drug system after several scandals involving tainted food and phony drugs.”
- KC's View:
Gee, under normally circumstances we’d suggest that this seems a mite harsh.
But on the other hand…maybe the US bureaucrats would be a little more vigilant about things like mad cow disease and other food safety issues if they knew that their heads, quite literally, were on the chopping block.
Just a suggestion.