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China orders executions as food safety punishment

BEIJING -- China's top court has ordered capital punishment for food safety crimes that result in fatalities, as the nation battles a wave of scares over tainted foodstuffs.

In notice on Friday the Supreme People's Court urged harsher penalties for manufacturers who produce tainted foodstuffs and for food inspectors convicted of dereliction of duty.

"Those food safety crimes leading to fatalities or any other serious aftermath should be sentenced to death in accordance with the law," the notice said.

The order was issued after China eliminated capital punishment for some economic crimes in February, as it moved to curb use of the death penalty in a nation believed to execute more people than the rest of the world combined.

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