Beijing - A former head of China's food and drug watchdog, once hailed as a
national "model worker", is under investigation on suspicion of taking bribes,
the Caijing magazine said.
Zheng Xiaoyu, 61, was director-general of the State Food and Drug
Administration from 1998 to 2005, known for his "iron hand" style in promoting
good manufacturing practices in medicine.
Caijing did not say who was suspected of bribing Zheng, nor how much was
involved. It said he had been named a "model worker" and "outstanding
Fake or bad drugs have killed dozens in China in recent years and raised
questions about drug safety. Public fears grew in 2004 when at least 13 babies
died of malnutrition in Anhui after being fed fake milk powder with no
In July, China fined a drug company, Qiqihar No. 2 Pharmaceutical Co., and
revoked its licence after its drug meant to treat gastric disorders killed 11
In October, the drug watchdog banned a company in the eastern province of
Anhui from producing injectable antibiotics and sacked its top managers after
the drug was linked to six deaths.
The magazine said Zheng's case had been exposed by a former secretary
currently in detention and under pressure to confess to corrupt practices.
Last month, another of Zheng's former secretaries was jailed for 15 years for
weapons possession and accepting 800,000 yuan ($102,500) in