China has executed the former head of its Drugs and Food Safety Agency, Zheng Xiaoyu as it seeks to clean up the increasingly tarnished “Made in China” brand. Increasing quantities of fake or adulterated products are coming onto the domestic, and export market. From poisonous toothpaste or pet food to deadly brake pads or drugs, Chinese industry is cutting corners in its dash for cash, and allegedly bribing officials like Xiayou to turn a blind eye.
That will no longer be the case says the agency’s deputy director, Sun Wenxu: “All the relevant departments within the state agency have been subject to thorough quality checks to ensure food safety during the Olympic Games”. With almost twenty percent of all consumer goods testing substandard in the first half of 2007, China fears its flagship event next year could be heavily discredited. In the longer term Beijing fears a big health scandal with heavy loss of life, and a collapse in consumer confidence.