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Boss Of Faulty Breast Implant Firm Jailed For Defaulting Bail Payment

3/7/2012 5:09 AM ET

Jean-Claude Mas, founder of the breast implant company which was forced to close down for using substandard silicone gel, has been jailed for not paying his bail, reports quoting judicial source said on Wednesday.

Seventy-two-year-old Mas was reportedly detained at the Baumette prison in the south-eastern French city of Marseille on Tuesday.

Faulty silicone breast implants made by the now-defunct French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) had triggered health concerns among tens of thousands of women worldwide, mostly in Europe.

Mas was arrested in January in Marseille as part of a judicial investigation on the charge of causing involuntary injuries.

An investigation warranted by an unusually high short-term breast implant rupture rate has revealed that PIP fraudulently made use of industrial silicone instead of the approved medical grade one. The product was withdrawn from the EU market in 2010 in the wake of the death from cancer of a woman who had received a suspect implant.

Mas was released on January 27 on a EUR 100,000 bail and banned from leaving the country and from meeting former PIP executives.

Following the publication of a report on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) on the safety of silicone products manufactured by PIP, the European Commission last month asked its Scientific Committee to conduct a more in-depth investigation based on data from Member-States on the potential health impact of faulty breast implants.

by RTT Staff Writer

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