» 05/10/2007, 00.00
Poor monitoring and thirst for profit behind 100 poison deaths in Panama
Liquid antifreeze sold as a drug. Fake medicines. Food contaminated without any thought about the consequences. The world is wondering just how safe the food and drugs monitoring by Chinese authorities is. Experts believe this is the outcome of too much focus on the economy and too little on morality. The first part of a dossier.
Cancerous substances found in Chinese food and veterinary medicines
The Ministry for Agriculture admits the incident, but maintain there has been “a slight improvement” since 2006. Now 95% of products are in order, yet green malachite, nitro furans and brass sulphate have been found in more food. Expired produce repackaged and sold as new. Meanwhile the trial opens of Zheng Xiaoyu’s secretary.
Fake anti-cancer drugs sold in China for years
An organised crime ring manufactured and sold counterfeit drugs at an extremely low price. However, the drugs were ineffective. Food safety protection and enforcement remain a major problem in the country.
Fake blood product used in public hospitals in Jilin
Hospitals use bottled drug containing polysorbate 80, a substance that can cause immunological reactions and death. Hospital authorities are faulted for accepting non-certified drugs or sloppily forged documents. Investigations continue but police remains tight-lipped.
Poisonous food and drugs threaten social stability
Beijing is concerned that tainted food and drugs scandals that killed hundreds in China and abroad may damage the country’s credibility and generate dissatisfaction and social unrest. Authorities try to be reassuring saying that controls are now tighter. In the meantime a former State Food and Drug Administration chief is executed.
Every year 190,000 people die of improper prescription drug use
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