A man in Hebei province received a life sentence in prison on Monday after poisoning frozen dumplings that were sold in China and Japan and made 13 people ill in 2008.
The man, 39-year-old Lyu Tueting, was a former employee at Tianyang Food Plant in Hebei province. He stood trial at the Shijiazhuang Intermediate People’s Court on July 30 where he confessed to injecting insecticide into the dumplings five different times throughout 2007.
The dumplings were exported to Japan and also sold in Chengde, Hebei province. They caused 13 people to become ill and triggered worldwide fears over food safety right before the 2008 olympics.
China Daily reports:
Tianyang was forced to shut down and recall all its products, causing direct losses of at least 5.5 million yuan ($893,000) as of Jan 28, 2010.
Lyu worked at Tianyang for 15 years by 2008 as a temporary worker. He said he poisoned the dumplings to gain attention from management to raise his salary.
After poisoning the dumplings with methamidophos, a type of pesticide, Lyu said he wrote three anonymous letters to the company warning that the food had been contaminated, but the management took no action.
China has been especially sensitive to food scandal as late, when the country made international headlines for a certain fox-donkey meat mix-up. And then there was this mess. All heinous acts in themselves, but one does not mess with the cherished dumpling and expect to walk away a free man.
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