According to the WeChat public account “Horqin District People’s Court” on September 12, recently, the People’s Court of Horqin District, Tongliao City, Inner Mongolia sentenced the defendant Zhao Moumou to a case of producing and selling food that did not meet safety standards, and sentenced Zhao Moumou to fixed-term imprisonment and A fine was imposed, and Zhao was ordered to be prohibited from engaging in food production, operation and management activities for life from the date of completion of the penalty. This is the first lifetime ban on employment in Horqin District.
From May to October 2022, the defendant Zhao rented a cold storage in Shebotu Town, Horqin Left-wing Middle Banner, Tongliao City, purchased a large number of cattle heads, hooves, internal organs and other cattle that died of unknown causes, and hired Liu to clean the cattle. After unloading, cook the beef offal, soak and bleach the cooked beef offal with hydrogen peroxide, chop it into pieces and add beef flavor. Subsequently, Zhao sold the cattle to Wang from Qingyuan Manchu Autonomous County, Fushun City, Liaoning Province at a price significantly lower than the market price, and He was responsible for transporting the cattle. During the above-mentioned time period, Zhao sold cattle products and heads of unknown origin to Wang Moumou 15 times in total, including 286 complete sets of cattle heads, hooves, internal organs, etc., and 25 tons of cattle heads, hooves, internal organs, bones, etc. Wang Moumou transferred a total of 282,071 yuan to Zhao Moumou directly or through He Moumou through WeChat transfer. On October 6, 2022, the public security agency seized 119 sets of cattle shipments from Zhao Moumou’s cold storage in Shebotu Town, Horqin Left-wing Middle Banner, weighing a total of 13.12 tons. Two frozen beef liver samples were randomly selected from the seized cattle shipments for inspection. The results showed that the sulfonamides and dexamethasone contained in the samples exceeded the requirements of the National Food Safety Standard Maximum Residue Limits for Veterinary Drugs in Food.
Defendant Zhao Moumou’s criminal behavior violated the national food hygiene management system and citizens’ rights to life and health. The procuratorial organ requested the Horqin District People’s Court to hold Zhao Moumou criminally responsible for the crime of producing and selling food that did not meet safety standards. At the same time, an incidental civil public interest lawsuit was filed with the Horqin District People’s Court in accordance with the law, requesting the court to order Zhao to issue a statement in Tongliao Daily to publicly apologize.
The Horqin District People’s Court formed a 7-member collegial panel in the “3+4” (three judges + four people’s assessors) model, and held two public hearings on June 20, 2023 and July 13, 2023 to hear this case. case. After trial, the court held that the defendant Zhao Moumou’s production and sales of food that did not meet food safety standards were enough to cause serious food poisoning accidents or other serious food-borne diseases, and his behavior constituted the crime of producing and selling food that did not meet safety standards. shall be subject to criminal penalties. The defendant Zhao Moumou produces and sells food that does not meet safety standards. The circumstances are egregious. According to his criminal circumstances and the need to prevent re-crime, the prohibition on employment should be applied and he is prohibited from engaging in food production, operation and management. Defendant Zhao Moumou’s criminal behavior violated the right to know and health of an unspecified majority of citizens, damaged social and public interests, and should bear civil tort liability. The defendant Zhao Moumou’s behavior infringed on the common interests of unspecified groups, that is, the public interests of society, and he should apologize in public media with corresponding influence. On July 14, 2023, the defendant Zhao Moumou was convicted of producing and selling food that did not meet safety standards, and was sentenced to four years and six months in prison and fined RMB 600,000; the defendant Zhao Moumou was prohibited from committing suicide From the date of execution of the sentence, he is prohibited from engaging in food production, operation and management activities for life; the defendant Zhao Moumou is ordered to publish an announcement in Tongliao Daily within ten days after the judgment takes effect to apologize to the public.
The People’s Court of Horqin District solemnly reminds: Livestock and poultry farmers should promptly seek treatment from veterinarians and relevant medical departments when their livestock and poultry are sick. After discovering livestock and poultry that have died of illness or the cause of death is unknown, they must report to the local animal quarantine department in a timely manner. It is strictly prohibited to sell, They are not allowed to be transferred or discarded, and they are not allowed to be slaughtered or eaten without permission. They should be treated harmlessly in a place that meets animal epidemic prevention conditions. Practitioners in the food industry must not take chances and violate legal red lines in order to obtain illegal benefits. In the end, the gains outweigh the losses. Consumers should not be greedy for cheap prices and should purchase meat products in regular stores and markets.
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