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Executions over Chinese milk scandal: Your views

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Parents and their baby leave a children's hospital in Beijing, October 2008

People in China tell the BBC News website what they think about the execution of two people for their role in the tainted milk scandal, which resulted in six children dying.

HANNY GENG, HANGZHOU, ZHEJIANG PROVINCE

I don't think the executions mean the end of it, it's just one part of the solution.

I know there's no death sentence in the EU, but I think we do need it in China. Of course it's debatable. These people committed a crime - but should they be punished with death?

I'm sure the people who were executed didn't intend to kill children, they just wanted to make more money. They were not fully aware of the consequences.

It's a chain of responsibility and many mistakes were made along this chain. I think bigger companies should take more responsibility for their actions, and the government should take more responsibility too.

I can't say this couldn't happen again. We don't have a very good social environment and I don't think it's been handled very well.

I think the food industry is improving a bit, but there's still a long way to go. People are more aware of the consequences of damaged food. I do think about those people whose children have suffered.

WENJIE YUAN, 17, STUDENT, BEIJING

I did not know know about the executions - I don't think it has been a lot in the news.

But now that the two accused have been executed then I think the affair is over because the government has done something about it and now the milk powder is safe and the babies can drink it.

No-one I know was worried about the milk. My sister gives her baby Chinese milk powder and she is healthy.

Sure it was right that they were executed because it will show others how important it is. I'm sure the government will make sure that something like this does not happen again.

The health of babies is so important because they are the future of our country. Most of us Chinese would support the executions because if they caused babies to die then they deserve it.

COMMENTS FROM CHINA VIA EMAIL

I am Chinese, I think just executing some of the main people in this scandal will not solve the problem.

The biggest issue is punishing the leaders at the food supervision and inspection authorities.

They lack effective management, they don't care about people's health and safety, and as a result, lots of innocent babies have died!

They should be held responsible. If the Chinese food authorities do not take action to regulate and monitor the situation strictly, I believe the scandals and incidents of death will continue.

The reputation of Chinese food safety will also be further damaged in the world.
'Y', Shanghai, China

Chinese food is very delicious and safe. Our life is very beautiful. You do not have to worry about us!
Nanchang, Jiangxi Province

I think such scandals could happen anywhere in China. We should examine the affair and ask ourselves why it happened.

The lack of monitoring and regulation in China is probably at the root of it. Punishment alone is not enough, the market in China needs a powerful monitor to improve regulation.
Libing, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province




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