As reported today in the New York Times, China is making an effort to improve its image when it comes to dangerous consumer products by dolling out a harsh sentence (death) to a former drug safety official and disclosing an investigation into defective cellphone batteries after one reportedly exploded and killed a man when it pierced his heart.
According the NYT, this amounts to the second head of the Chinese Food and Drug Administration to be sentenced to death for accepting bribes to help push drugs from major Chinese pharmaceutical companies through approval process.
Killer Cell Phone Batteries?
In what seems to be a growing trend among major brands, two of the world’s leading cell phone companies denied that the batteries were theirs, stating that they were counterfeited.
Regardless of whether the products are legitimate or not, it seems they were being marketed, sold, and distributed under the Motorola brand name in China, and the exploding cell phone that allegedly killed a man was reported to be a Motorola.
Is the company suggesting that a counterfeit battery manufacturing operation infiltrated its supply chain and had their counterfeit batteries installed in real Motorola phones? Or were the phones counterfeit as well? Some spokespeople have even said the man’s death was not do to his cell phone at all. Confused? Us too…