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Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Monday, July 12, 2010

More melamine addiction

Putting melamine in milk seems a bit like eating peanuts or making Gao Zhisheng disappear; once you start, you just can't stop. I last blogged about this addiction in January; here's a news story showing that tainted milk is still being sold.

What can be done? According to Rio Praaning Prawira Adiningrat, secretary general of the Public Advice International Foundation, "The Chinese government has enormously and effectively responded with new laws and new regulations, and tries to implement this as soon as it can . . . .  I think they are absolutely doing the best they can."

One of the effective new regulations showing this zeal is reported here: lawyers being instructed by their governing bodies not to take melamine-related cases.

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Long time reader, first time commentator - thank you Prof Clark!

I am currently doing research into drug safety laws in China (following the heparin disaster in the US in 2008) and the research so far continues to affirm to me that while the laws in China can be perfect, the question always goes back to enforcement, transparency, the regulatory process and administration. A tragic irony about the former SFDA chief Zheng Xiaoyu was that his corruption charges arose when he was trying to be the good guy originally. Without looking into improvement of the regulatory process, everything else seems to be just a bandaid solution.

Posted by: May | Oct 3, 2010 7:10:59 PM

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