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Suspect breast implants exported to China

By Wang Qingchu and Cai Wenjun (Shanghai Daily)

08:37, January 06, 2012

More than 900 breast implants linked to a cancer scare were exported to China, it has been revealed.

A total of 912 implants made by the now-defunct French firm Poly Implant Prothese came into the country, the State Food and Drug Administration said but, so far, there had been no reports of problems.

Of the total, 761 had been sold, the administration said after launching an investigation into the Chinese firm which dealt in the substandard implants said to have an unusually high rupture rate and possible links to cancer.

Shenzhen-based Weienjie Co Ltd has been ordered to stop selling the silicone gel implants made by the French firm that went bankrupt in 2010 after French health authorities shut it down.

The administration has asked Weienjie to provide sales records so that it can track down customers in the event of reports of any adverse reactions.

Shanghai's Food and Drug Administration said there were no reports of the implants being used in the city but it was keeping a close eye on the situation as it developed.

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