Prison for Breast Implant Maker

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The CEO of the French PIP breast implant manufacturing company, who also supplied implants for Dutch women, has been sentenced to four years in prison, announced the court in Marseille. Jean-Claude Mas has been found guilty of serious deception and fraud.It was announced a year and a half ago that the PIP implants could leak. The quality was poor and the implants could rupture. The gel, used in the implants was not approved.

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400,000 women worldwide received the implants, over 1,000 were Dutch. The women were advised to have the implants removed.

Research by the European Commission showed the breast implants didn't pose a threat to the public health. The PIP implants did have a higher risk of leaking and rupturing, but that does not have to pose an increased health risk, according to the researchers.