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French breast implant businessman jailed

French breast implant businessman jailed
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The Frenchman who aroused a global health scare over the sale of breast implants was jailed on Monday for not paying his bail.

Jean-Claude Mas was subject to a 100,000 euro bond and charged with causing “involuntary injuries” in relation to his company’s production of implants allegedly made with low-grade silicone.
Experts feared they could rupture and leak.

As many as half a million women in 65 countries are believed to have implants from his company PIP, once the world’s third-largest producer of the silicone products.

French authorities have been criticised for being slow to react to the scandal. Although scientists have detected cancer in 20 French women with the implants, officials say there is no proven link.

Several countries have advised women to have their PIP implants removed.

In Britain, where many women had privately funded surgery, companies say they can’t afford to remove and replace the implants. The UK’s state run healthcare system says it may only remove but not replace implants for free.