China police arrest 11 for production and sale of 90 million toxic capsules
Thursday, September 04, 2014 - 00:23
Police arrest 11 people for producing and selling about 90 million toxic empty capsules containing chromium in eastern China, state media reports. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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About 90 million toxic empty capsules containing chromium were illegally sold on the Chinese market, state media reported on Thursday (September 4), with police still tracing where the tainted capsules ended up.
In a recent raid, police arrested 11 people in Ninghai county of eastern Zhejiang province. They seized 440,000 capsules and more than 800 kg of semi-finished products or materials in their rented workshop, state-run Xinhua news agency said.
Instead of using gelatin derived from animal parts, the gang used cheap industrial gelatin from leather scraps treated with chromium that tans and softens animal hide.
About 90 million toxic capsules were produced and sold from February to July before they were detained, Xinhua said.
The problem is pervasive in China because of the pressure to produce low-cost drugs and still make a profit, and the popularity of traditional Chinese medicine, which is often made into powders and packed into capsules.
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