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Chinese media calls for corrupt food officials to be penalised

07 May 2013

Following more than 900 arrests in China, with the discovery of 382 cases of meat related offencesthe Chinese media is calling for corrupt officials who allowed the scandals to occur to be similarly penalised.

The Global Times newspaper said: "The case of a large number of dead pigs on the Huangpu River a while ago has to some extent confirmed the chaotic state of dead livestock and poultry processing. If this state of affairs does not change, the consequences of similar cases will be unimaginable."

Hong Kong's Oriental Daily News said the judicial authorities' harsher penalties for selling toxic food, including the death sentence for anyone selling tainted food that causes fatalities, were ‘better late than never’, adding that corrupt officials behind profiteers must also be targeted.

The Beijing News also blasted the Weifang authorities for ‘incompetence’ in failing to supervise food safety and demanded more powers for the media to act as a consumer watchdog. The newspaper also welcomed new moves to prosecute celebrities who advertise unsafe food products, but added that research institutes, doctors and consumers should also be held accountable for endorsing unsafe food and drugs.

Beijing Times said authorities must act quickly to introduce acceptable quality standards for bottled drinking water to allay public fears about contamination from deteriorating air and water quality, as well as polluting industries. Currently, only 20 tests are required for bottled water, while tap water undergoes 106 water quality tests.

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