ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperOpinion / EditorialsEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsContributorsCartoonsSpecialsFrom the PressForum TrendsFrom the ReadersDebateEditors Pick:Syrian refugeescyberspaceV-Day paradeshrimp scandalTPPSeverer penalties can deter food offenders(China Daily) Updated:2015-01-13 09:00Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallA Chinese customer buys pork at a free market in Yichang city, central Chinas Hubei province, 19 November 2014. [Photo/IC]The uncovering of a big network involving 11 groups suspected of selling contaminated pork in 11 provinces and autonomous regions is a great job by the police in these localities. Yet people will hardly feel optimistic about food safety once they consider how such pork could easily pass through all the defense lines that should have prevented it from entering the market and ending up on the dining tables of many.Insurance agents who pay pig farms for the loss of their animals due to disease know that it is not only unethical but also a crime to provide information about dead pigs to those who profiteer from the pork of such pigs. But they did it simply because they were paid.
The pig farmers should also have known that pigs that died from disease should be disposed of in a safe manner without letting them get in peoples harms way. But they sold them even though insurance companies have already paid them for the loss they suffered. They too did it for money.
Instead of stopping such unfit pork from entering the market, some meat quarantine officers gave these groups unfit quarantine certificates, providing the green light for such contaminated pork to be sold in the same market as uncontaminated pork. Again they did it for money.
Professional ethics, a sense of justice, the basic moral standards for being a decent person, all the things that should have played a role in preventing these people from selling their souls to the devil went out of window.
Behind the triumph of the police is a sad story of the depravity of human nature in the face of the greed for money.
This was enabled by the lack of deterrents. Prohibitively high fines and the most severe criminal penalties are needed, and must be enforced, to deter others from giving in to their baser instincts in this way.
Not only should those who are involved in the process of buying, butchering and sale of such contaminated pork receive the most severe penalties according to the law, so should the insurance agents and quarantine officers. If the price they have paid in fines and criminal punishments fail to outweigh the economic benefits theyve gained, it is quite likely that they will pick up the business again after they are released from prison. It is also likely that others will follow their example.8.03KRelated Stories110 held for selling unclean pork8 officials dismissed over unsafe pork scandalUnsafe pork enters into 7 provincesMost Viewed Todays Top News倒奶困局 (daonai kunju)Anti-graft success entails complete legal normsGreek austerity must continue for healthy futureSeverer penalties can deter food offendersAnti-graft effort will carry onForum TrendsWould you help an injured stranger?Should smokers pay more for health insurance?Cleavage scenes, yes or no?Why do Chinese parents seldom say “I love you”?Is Mandarin difficult to learn?Should TV dramas be historically accurate?Crotchless pants in ChinaColumnistsSouth-North water canal a double-edged swordShanghais wrong way of learning a right lessonFeatured ContributorsDeal IS fatal blow before its too lateHow to tackle the apps test to cabbiesStar BloggersWhat scar do you have? By Judy_ZhuIf you are asked about the question what scar do you have, you would be probably reminded of some really dumb story behind it.If I had one wish By eddieturksonWe all make wishes, some are realistic, some unrealistic. There are so many occasions or celebrations when we make wishes.Encouraging the inventor (part 1) By lexaleeMost kids in China are raised under the strict supervision of their families and teachers. Someone is always telling them what to do and when to do it.SpecialExperts take on world in 2015Top 10 most popular cartoons of 2014Cartoons capture 10 major China stories of 2014…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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