Chinese Food Safety Official
Escapes Probe By Ending His Life
Vivian Wai-yin Kwok, 08.13.08, 6:30 AM ET
Source of Article: http://www.forbes.com/facesinthenews/2008/08/13/china-food-chief-face-markets-cx_vk_0813autofacescan01.html
HONG KONG - While the spotlight has been firmly fixed on the Olympic Games in Beijing lately, away in the shadows, Wu Jianping, the chief of China’s food quality regulator, quietly
killed himself a week ago Saturday. The circumstances surrounding his suicide
were said to have involved unexplained assets and money out proportion to his
The 42-year-old Wu jumped off a building on August 2, a day after he was questioned by Beijing Communist Party prosecutors, who had launched a probe grounded upon several reports relating to his personal assets.
Wu had acknowledged to officials that he held several properties in
The night after the meeting, Wu did not return home but took his life instead. The location of the building from which Wu jumped remains unknown, nor is it clear whether officials were present when it happened, Caijing added.
Wu’s department is responsible for issuing licenses for all food products and manufacturers as well as conducting compulsory inspections for product quality, safety and hygiene.
Amid growing international concern about
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