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Blood Money and Executions as Safe Food Incentives

According to UAE News Reports, the Dubai Court of Appeal stiffened the sentence against the doctor, restaurant cook and supervisor and the restaurant, all of whom were convicted guilty for causing the death of D’Souza’s two children. Five-year-old Nathan D’Souza and his seven-year-old sister, Chelsea, died of food poisoning in 2009. The Appeal Court increased the blood money to Dh400,000 to be paid jointly and stiffened the fine to Dh20,000 to be paid by each convict. According to the arraignment sheet, prosecutors said the cook and the supervisor were charged with violating public health requirements of Dubai Municipality through unhygienic practices in preserving food, which led to bacterial contamination. The doctor was charged with negligence in providing medical care to the children.

In China CNN Reports that China’s highest court has ordered judges nationwide to hand down harsher sentences, including the death penalty, to people convicted of violating food safety regulations. In a directive released by the state-run Xinhua news agency over the weekend, the Supreme People’s Court said in cases where people die from food safety violations, convicted suspects should be given the death sentence, while criminals involved in non-lethal cases should face longer prison terms and larger fines.

The German/European E. coli outbreak death toll is now 16.  And, people in the U.S. do not like trial lawyers and juries.

  • Jeff Almer

    These kinds of penalties are well and good for other countries, but I cannot think of one person in the United States that deserves harsh penalties such as this……….oh wait, just thought of one—never mind.

  • Gabrielle Meunier

    In the US everyone wants to blame the FDA in both directions. They are bad if they want to enforce food safety and they are bad for not doing enough. It is a good thing that trial lawyers can be successful, but they aren’t in all cases. Some of those cases are really sad to hear about. If the person that Jeff is referring to got handed a just punishment, I believe that would serve as a deterrent to other corporate officers in the food industry. Why oh why, have we still not had any judicial action for company’s that clearly break the FDCA law?

  • Ginger Lorentz

    Harsher penalties are one thing, no penalties are another, The people who are responsible for 9 deaths, hundreds sickened and the largest food recall in American history have not even been made accountable for anything to this date. Where is the justice in that? Evidence shown in DC’s hearing showed knowledge of contamination and negligence in sending it out anyways for the love of money. And it was not the first time for that company! This sickens me.