Eight more punished in tainted milk scandal

March 24, 2009

According to the Xinhua News Agency, eight more senior government officials have been fired or disciplined for supervisory failure in last year’s scandal involving the adulteration of Sanlu milk powder with melamine. The officials were from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ); the Ministries of Agriculture and Health; the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC); and the State Food and Drug Administration. Wang Bubu, Director-General with the law enforcement and supervision department of AQSIQ, was removed from his official and party posts. Lu Yangang, Deputy Director-General with SAIC’s food circulation supervision department, was removed from his job. The other six officials received various penalties, including demotion and having their conduct recorded. The punishments have sent a strong signal about China's resolution to hold officials accountable for severe production and quality incidents, said Professor Wang Wei of the National School of Administration. The melamine-contaminated milk powder left at least six Chinese infants dead and almost 300,000 with kidney disease.

Xinhua article