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Arrests for food safety offenses up

THE number of arrests made for food and drug safety related offenses have increased in the last five years, Chen Xu, chief prosecutor of the Shanghai People's Procuratorate, said yesterday.

Some 310 people have been prosecuted, which was nearly triple than in the previous five years, he said. The cases include the "dyed buns" scandal in 2011, selling of tainted bean sprouts in Qingpu District last year as well as dead pig and gut oil scandals.

Corruption-related trials declined by 15 percent in the past five years, the Shanghai Higher People's Court and People's Prosecutor's Office said, while the total number of criminal cases heard by courts since 2008 had increased by about 40 percent.

Some 201 government officials, including 14 bureau directors, went on trial, as local courts handled 1,528 cases.


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