Yesterday, the People’s Highest Court held a press conference releasing the legal “Explanations” in respect of the food security criminal cases. The legal “Explanations” consisted of 22 articles which for the first time defined and provided quantified punishments for the illegal production and sale of food products which would not be in consistency with the standards as well as production and sale of toxic and harmful food products. In particular the “Explanations” offered detailed and clear quantified punishments for criminal cases involving the infamous waste oil and other toxic and non-food additions. For the first time, it is clearly stated that adding the waste oil will be subject to death penalty as maximum punishment.
The Article 14 of the “Explanations” also for the first time pointed out despite knowing the sale or production of the food products which would not be in consistency with the standards or production or sale of toxic and harmful food products, the provision of funding, licenses, manufacturing sites, transportation, storage, sale network, technical support and other as assistance and convenient conditions will be punished as well. But stars promoting the brands and problematic products will be excluded.
Source: 新京报 (Beijing Times)