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The Los Angeles Times this morning reports that “a senior food-safety official in Beijing killed himself amid a government probe into suspected corruption, Chinese media reported Wednesday.

Wu Jianping, 42, was in charge of licensing food-production companies at the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. He committed suicide Aug. 2 by jumping from a building in Beijing after being questioned a day earlier about his personal finances, according to Caijing magazine.”

However, official Chinese spokespersons described the event as a “sudden accident.”

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