Food safety cases exposed
Chinese police uncovered a total of 115 cases involving food safety and detained 248 suspects in 2010, the Ministry of Public Security said on Wednesday.
The ministry also released its top 10 major food safety criminal cases for 2010, which included the sale of 48 tons of milk powder tainted with melamine in Qinghai province and the production of 60,000 bottles of fake Moutai and Wuliangye spirits in Zibo in Shandong province.
Targets for waste disposal, budget
China will further promote the pollution-free disposal of household waste and cut the expenditure of central government departments, Premier Wen Jiabao said at a plenary meeting of the State Council.
By 2015, the rate of pollution-free disposal for urban household waste will reach 80 percent and half of China's major cities will be able to collect and handle kitchen waste, the meeting heard.
The expenditure budgets of central government departments in 2011 will further shrink compared to the past two years. The budgets will be made public in June when the fiscal budget of the central government will be submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress for approval.
Ban on Japanese milk, vegetables
Hong Kong imposed a ban on a wide variety of food imports from five prefectures in Japan on Wednesday over fears of radiation contamination of food and water, an official from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's government said.
"The ban is on food products from five prefectures that was produced or harvested on and after March 11. They include milk, beverages, milk powder, fruits, vegetables, game, meat, poultry, eggs and aquatic products," said a spokeswoman at the government's Center for Food Safety.
The five prefectures are Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma and Chiba, she added.
Official sacked over scandal
Wen Xiaolian, director of the social insurance bureau in Sanya city, Hainan province, has been dismissed from his post for helping his daughter obtain a near-perfect score in a recruiting exam in the city, according to the Sanya city government.
Other people responsible for the scandal were also held accountable.
In May 2010, Wen's daughter scored an impressive 99 out of 100 in a civil service exam held in the city, which aroused doubts among many people about the exam's fairness. Later the local government revoked her score.
(China Daily 03/24/2011 page2)