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Smugglers caught trying to bring thousands of face-whitening injection kits into mainland China

Beauty treatments not approved for use by the mainland authorities and some could have been sold for more than 10,000 yuan each, according to newspaper

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 September, 2016, 12:45pm
UPDATED : Monday, 12 September, 2016, 2:05pm

Police in southern China have seized 40,000 face-whitening injection kits that smugglers were attempting to bring into the country, according to a newspaper report.

The syringes and chemicals for the beauty treatment were found on a ship off the coast of Xiamen in Fujian province, the Legal Daily reported.

The seized kits came from Taiwan and included products made by nine foreign brands that have not been approved by the China Food and Drug Administration, the report said.

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Some of the kits could be sold for more than 10,000 yuan (HK$11,600) each, according to the article.

The main suspect, whose full name was not given, was quoted as confessing to planning to deliver the kits to a waiting boat off the coast of Xiamen.

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“The needles have not been refrigerated properly through the smuggling process and have been stored under awful transport and storage conditions causing a great possible danger for people who might inject them,” the deputy commissioner of Xiamen’s Customs department was quoted as saying.

White skin is seen as a sign of beauty in traditional Chinese culture.