THE GUARDIAN , LONDON
Wednesday, Sep 14, 2005,Page 1
Agents for the firm have told would-be customers it is developing collagen for lip and wrinkle treatments from skin taken from prisoners after they have been shot. The agents say some of the company's products have been exported to the UK, and that the use of skin from condemned convicts is "traditional" and nothing to "make such a big fuss about."
"A lot of the research is still carried out in the traditional manner using skin from the executed prisoner and aborted fetus, " the agent told the researcher.
This material, he said, was being bought from "biotech" companies based in Heilongjiang Province and was being developed elsewhere in China.
He suggested that the use of skin and other tissues harvested from executed prisoners was not uncommon.
"In China it is considered very normal and I was very shocked that Western countries can make such a big fuss about this," he said.
This tops my last 2 favorites of prisoners hair being used to make soy sauce products or that other enterprising monster who was making fake baby formula.