China's Supreme People's Court has ordered Chinese courts to impose harsher punishments for food safety and work-related crimes.
The People's Court in a recent notice said that the courts should pronounce death sentence to those found guilty of food safety violations resulting in human death, Xinhua reports.
The notice said, "Food safety concerns the people's interests and livelihoods, social stability and the future of socialism with Chinese characteristics. The situation of food safety is generally stable and improving, but the task to ensure food safety is still arduous."
The notice also said those found guilty of committing several crimes in one case should be sentenced with the harshest punishment.
It prescribed stringent punishment for the government staff guilty of shielding people committing food safety violations, and those who take bribes from criminals and neglect their duty.
The notice ordered courts to impose larger fines on people guilty of food safety violations, and suggested courts should ban criminals from producing and selling food during their probation period.
It called for open trials of major food safety cases and ordered related information be made public in a timely manner.