Chinese man gets death sentence in milk scandal

A Chinese court has handed down a death penalty to a man convicted of endangering public safety in the first sentencing connected with a contaminated milk scandal that shocked the country. Read more
the way it should be

Chico, CA

#1 Jan 22, 2009
now thats what im talking about!!! wish the good old USA would adopt some of CHINAS backbone and dish out punishment like that.. dont get me wrong, i love my country...just think we should stop playing with all these lowlife criminals and put them out of everyone elses misery... just my opinion
Vern

AOL

#2 Jan 22, 2009
As a rule I usually do not like China as I mistrust their government and blame them in part for many of our jobs lost. But I gotta tell ya ... they got more Chutzpah than the American Government when it comes down to handing out punishment.

If we followed their example - how many CEO's,
Wall Street investors and politicians do you supposed would have been executed this year alone?

Man, think about it ... ya gotta love it.
Mirolyuba

Abbotsford, Canada

#4 Jan 22, 2009
.....

'My rights'

With public outrage growing, the government has moved quickly to draw a line under the affair, even detaining the parents of sick children.


Along with the pain, there is outrage
Dong Shiliang, whose son became sick after drinking Sanlu milk, was detained by the authorities when he tried to fly to Shijiazhuang to hear Thursday's verdict.

"As a victim of the milk scandal I think I have every right to see what the verdict is from the trial. We want to see the criminals punished," he said.

"I can't understand why the government has prevented us from going to the sentencing. We're not trying to make trouble. They have absolutely no reason to control our personal freedom," he added.

The Zhengding Sanjiao Village Collective Milk Farm is typical of the small farms which supplied Sanlu with its milk.

Some 16 families keep around 300 cows in brick pens, centred around a common milking shed.

Huo Hongxi has been farming for about seven years. He said chemicals had been added to milk for years.

"I've been in many milking sheds, and they all did the same. They added all kinds of stuff into milk to meet the quality standards. Their milk was turned down by other companies, but accepted by Sanlu," he said.

Lack of inspection

He never added melamine, he said, but he saw others do it to thicken thin milk.

"In the summer we milk the cows three times a day instead of two, but they drink a lot of water then, so the protein content didn't meet company standards," he said. But when melamine was added, it did.


Farmers say adding chemicals to milk is common
Sanlu seldom visited his cows or those of the 15 other farmers, with whom he shares a communal milking shed. Health inspectors were rarely seen.

China's government says that milk is now safe. Prime Minister Wen Jiabao gave a rare public apology for failing to prevent the crisis.

But families of the victims are weary of another food scandal, and more hollow reassurances - they have little faith in the country's food safety systems.

Sanlu is now bankrupt and police cars sit outside its headquarters. Beside that sign that promises quality, a new red banner has been added.

"Learn the lesson, face reality, and let's unite and regroup for a new life", in proclaims.

But as another food scandal passes, as the parents of more dead children are paid off, few lessons appear to have been learned. And yet again China's government has failed in a most basic duty - to provide safe food for its people.

So EVEN THOUGH THIS IS THE SECOND such scandal, which would clearly indicate a REGULATORY problem, no CCP officials are being shot.

This is only window-dressing to protect the TRULY guilty CCP officials.
Veritas

Toronto, Canada

#5 Jan 22, 2009
blah blah blah....cut and paste....<yawn>....<a rms stretching out>
Vern

AOL

#6 Jan 22, 2009
I still say this is a perfect example of how we should be treating those that screw us!

Who wouldn't like to be able to choke the living shitz out of those Wall Street A-holes?

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