CHINA'S FOOD-SAFETY DRAFT: DEATH PENALTY FOR VIOLATORS
April 21, 2008: China released a draft of its food-safety law that includes imposing the death penalty as the government of the world's most populous nation seeks to boost confidence in its products.
Companies that make and sell unsafe food or additives face fines of 10 to 20 times the profits made in non-criminal cases.
Violators may also face life in prison or the death penalty, based on China's criminal code, the rules said. Food-safety problems sparked a drop in exports to Japan this year, China's third-biggest overseas market for food products. (Sources: Financial Express, 21/04/2008)