Senior China food, medicine official sacked-Xinhua

A deputy chief of China's State Food and Drug Administration has been sacked and faces official investigation, state media said on Sunday.

Senior China food, medicine official sacked-Xinhua

A deputy chief of China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) has been sacked and faces official investigation, state media said on Sunday, flagging another possible corruption scandal for the watchdog agency.

A brief Xinhua news agency report revealed the dismissal and investigation of Zhang Jingli, deputy director of the SFDA, for "suspected disciplinary violations", but did not elaborate.

In past cases, such accusations and dismissals have often been a precursor to charges of embezzlement, bribe-taking or other economic crimes that led to prosecution and criminal convictions of errant officials.

China's ruling Communist Party has repeatedly vowed to stamp out official corruption, a key source of public discontent as the booming economy gives senior officials many opportunities to use their power for private gain.

Zhang, 55, has been a deputy head of China's food and drug quality watchdog since 2003, said the report.

Zheng Xiaoyu, the former head of the State Food and Drug Administration, was executed in 2007 for taking bribes from drug firms and for dereliction of duty.


Reuters

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