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Chinese man stands trial for poisoning dumplings

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:20 a.m. HST, Jul 30, 2013

BEIJING » A former food plant worker in China confessed in court on Tuesday (Monday in Hawaii) to poisoning frozen dumplings that sickened 10 people in Japan in 2008, a scandal that strained Beijing-Tokyo relations just months before China hosted the Olympic Games.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday that 39-year-old Lu Yueting went on trial in Shijiazhuang in northern China's Hebei province and that Japanese officials were present. A court employee confirmed the trial but did not give his name, which is common among low-ranking Chinese bureaucrats.

A verdict is expected to be announced at a later date. Citing local prosecutors, the state-run English-language China Daily newspaper said the man is likely to receive at least 10 years in prison.

The former worker of Shijiazhuang-based Tianyang Food Plant was dissatisfied with his wages and, in late 2007, injected insecticide into several boxes of frozen dumplings to get attention from his managers, Xinhua said.

The products were later sold in Japan and in the Chinese city of Chengdu. Four Chinese people also were sickened, Xinhua said.

Millions of bags of dumplings were recalled, and Chinese food products were taken off shelves in Japan out of food safety worries, while Beijing prepared to host the 2008 Olympics Games.

Xinhua said authorities detained Lu in 2010 after more than two years of investigations. China Daily said he contaminated the dumplings with methamidophos, a type of pesticide.

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tiki886 wrote:
This is what happens when you don't have a union to represent your interests and no way to picket your employer, you poison your customers.
on July 30,2013 | 06:03AM
AhiPoke wrote:
If this is your way of justifying what this man did, you have a problem. If this is your way of justiying what unions do, you have a problem.
on July 30,2013 | 09:07AM
Anonymous wrote:
Unions are the death of any industry. You are a fool to be a union member.
on July 30,2013 | 09:21AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Kick me! I'm a union member who buys American as much as possible. Have you got anything to say about that?
on July 30,2013 | 11:42AM
false wrote:
You must need to replace stuff pretty often then.
on July 30,2013 | 12:11PM
false wrote:
uh ........... you're not shopping at Walmart?
on July 30,2013 | 01:29PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
You have never taken a basic economics class before. You live a life under flawed assumptions and misguided notions. Want more?
on July 30,2013 | 02:34PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Yea who wants to be a UAW member building Fords and GM cars for profitable American companies when you can earn those fabulous wages at the nonunion plants in the south for the likes oft Hyundai.
on July 30,2013 | 11:42AM
Anonymous wrote:
Unions also have interest in one thing and one thing only, filling their pockets with your hard earned money.
on July 30,2013 | 09:22AM
mikethenovice wrote:
So you want us to work for free?
on July 30,2013 | 11:42AM
false wrote:
In the real world people EARN their money.
on July 30,2013 | 12:21PM
false wrote:
Did you really just write that? ROFL!
on July 30,2013 | 10:17AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
China has little or no quality control.
on July 30,2013 | 06:26AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Just what the Republicans want. Nothing in the way of hindering maximum profits.
on July 30,2013 | 11:41AM
Anonymous wrote:
My wife is from China and she doesn't doesn't buy Chinese food products st all, she said its very dirty...better to pay more for american and get quality low risk food.
on July 30,2013 | 06:44AM
medigogo wrote:
I just came back from a 2-wk trip to China. Surprisingly didn't get sick with the food there under humid weather conditions even if felt eerie sometimes with the stuff I didn't know what it was. So I guess food reputation there is quite low, but in reality it's not too bad. If it's dirty as your wife said, it shouldn't be too hard for the feds to check it out with some sampling and reject them at the time of import.
on July 30,2013 | 09:54AM
HD36 wrote:
Went to Japan in April. Chinese Pork hash dumplings are very poplular. Sold out almost everywhere by 2 pm.
on July 30,2013 | 07:40AM
Anonymous wrote:
are they locally made or from china. Just like SA, you leave out the important details.
on July 30,2013 | 09:24AM
SueH wrote:
I'll bet they were drop dead delicious!
on July 30,2013 | 09:48AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Asians usually do them self in to spare the embarrassment to the family.
on July 30,2013 | 11:40AM
false wrote:
Too bad you're not Asian.
on July 30,2013 | 05:25PM
sailfish1 wrote:
The Chinese judicial system appears to be as slow as Hawaii's. Detained in 2010 and on trial in 2013?
on July 30,2013 | 01:06PM
false wrote:
Its over for this guy. This guy is body parts.
on July 30,2013 | 01:28PM
fiveo wrote:
The ordinary person in China has no means to bring their concerns to the government or employers in any meaningful way. Yes they have laws and courts and even a constitution but it is mostly for show. Those in power and who have money run things as they see fit and to benefit themselves and their associates. Its similar to how things were in China under the Emperor. They were laws and courts but the laws did not apply to the ruling class, just as it is now. The things this guy did are probably common occurrences. Sometimes it a single individual acting on his own, like this guy other times, it may be companies or corporation whether producing defective products, or poisoning infant formula with melamine to boast sales and profit.
on July 30,2013 | 01:56PM
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