China cracks down on food safety violators -- by killing them

China to execute over food safety violations
China to execute over food safety violations

While Congress struggles to modernize the U.S.'s impotent food safety laws, China has come up with its own, rather creative solution: Kill the culprits.

China -- the country that produces the vast majority of our recalled consumer products and has had some of the most scandalous episodes of mass food poisoning ever -- says its government will aggressively pursue those who violate food safety laws and, in some cases, have them executed.

"Those deserving death penalties should be resolutely sentenced to death," a government-issued document on handling these situation said, according to the official news agency Xinhua. Government officials who take bribes that lead to violation of food safety laws will also be treated more severely. "Generally, officials who are involved in food safety crimes should not be given a reprieve or be exempt from criminal punishment," the government said.