China executed the former head of the State Food and Drug Administration, Zheng Xiaoyu, according to news reports. Zheng had confessed to approving untested medicines in exchange for bribes. Yan Jiangying, the deputy policy director of food and drug agency, said, "Corruption in the food and drug authority has brought shame to the nation. What we will have to learn from the experience is to improve our work and emphasize public safety."

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