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Chinese factory made adult diapers recycled from used ones

Investigators make disgusting find in Shandong province as part of operations to celebrate Chinese consumer rights day

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 March, 2017, 2:19pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 March, 2017, 5:53pm

A Chinese factory found to be producing adult diapers from used ones has again put business ethics in the mainland into question, a provincial news website reported.

The secret factory located in Linyi City, Shandong province was uncovered in a joint investigation by local health care, business and quality control authorities on Wednesday as a part of operations conducted on China’s annual consumer rights day.

Bales of used diapers were stacked four to five metres high inside the factory, according to the report carried by Iqilu.com.

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Scraps of torn diapers and cotton were scattered over the floor of the 400 square metre premises, giving off a “disgusting smell”, according to the article.

Several machines were in operation, extracting cotton materials from the used diapers as raw material for producing new ones.

The authorities are still investigating the case.

The discovery is yet another in a string of incidents going back a decade in which mainland Chinese factories have been found illegally reusing waste.

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In 2007, a factory was discovered recycling condoms into hair bands, while in 2015, a factory in Jiangsu province was discovered bleaching used napkins and reselling them as counterfeit tissue papers.

Several men were prosecuted last year in Nanjing, Jiangsu province for selling plastic pellets made from medical waste for use in toys and tableware.