Interpol seeks arrest of breast implant company founder

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Interpol said Friday it is seeking arrest of Frenchman Jean-Claude Mas, founder of the breast implant company at the centre of a widespread women's health scare.

Mas, 72, whose picture appears on the Interpol website, is listed as being sought in Costa Rica for offences concerning "life and health."

France's health ministry Friday advised 30,000 women with breast implants made by now-bankrupt Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) to have them removed, saying that while there is no proven cancer risk, they could rupture dangerously.

Tens of thousands of women in over 65 countries around the world have the same implants, made from industrial rather than medical quality silicone. Most of them live in South America and western Europe.

PIP was shut down and its products banned last year after it was revealed to have been using the non-authorised silicone gel.

© 2011 AFP

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