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Egg producers in Iowa may still be reeling from last month's recall of half a billion eggs, but at least they can be grateful for one thing: they don't live in China. Chinese authorities have announced that manufacturers who violate the country's food safety laws will face the death penalty in the future.
Whether the threat of the lethal injection will markedly improve food safety in China is an open debate. The country made worldwide headlines last year when it executed a dairy farmer and a salesman who were convicted for their roles in a huge food contamination scare in which milk tainted with melamine killed at least six children and sickened an estimated 300,000.
But according to the Wall Street Journal's China Real Time Report online, the country continues to face concerns over its food safety. New questions have been raised about the country's milk supply after several infants began to show signs of early onset puberty, which doctors believe may be caused by elevated hormone levels in milk. Last month, dozens of people in Nanjing were hospitalized with severe muscle pain after eating crayfish contaminated with an industrial acid, while public health officials in California pushed for a recall of ginger candy imported from China that was found to contain dangerous levels of lead.
Which is kind of ironic when you think about it, since being put in front of a firing squad has been shown to cause exposures to dangerous levels of lead, too.