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Life ban sought for food safety crime in Beijing. BUT is it enough? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2012-4-9 11:11:48 |Display all floors
According to today's China Daily:

People convicted of crimes related to food safety in the capital will be banned from the food industry for life, under a draft amendment to the Beijing Food Safety Regulation.

The new draft, which aims to achieve tougher punishment for food safety crimes and violations, was released for public comment over the weekend.

The public can visit the websites of the city's food safety office or legal affairs office to register opinions, or send comments by post to either office, by April 25.

Under the current regulations, which took effect in 2007, people whose licenses are revoked are banned from the food business for three years. The amendment would extend the ban to five years.

Good move from the Beijing authorities, but it's far from enough.

1. Life ban from the industry? Not harsh enough to be a real deterrent. For a matter as serious as food and in an industry unscruplous businessmen are willing to take any risks, life imprisonment or even death penalty would be more reasonable punishment.

2.  Why only in Beijing?  If the rules are the most stringent in the capital city, I can only imagine how lax they might be in the other parts of China.

3. What about prevention? Yes,  punishment is necessary for any crimes committed. But prevention is more essential. Why not put more efforts in prevention? In too many food safety cases in China have we witnessed the belated arrival of "supervision teams". If only they have arrived earlier.
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