It is alleged that a Chinese cosmetic firm is using the skin of executed prisoners as a source of collagen to for lip and wrinkle treatment. This came to light following an investigation by the Guardian. However, the company has denied all accusations and the Chinese government maintain that this is a traditional practice and there is nothing unethical about it.

Controversy Highlights
a. A Chinese cosmetics company has been charged with using skin of dead prisoners to develop beauty products.
b. These products have apparently been exported to the UK and the US.
c. There is fear that the use of these products could lead to infections.
d. However, it is not yet known at what stage the production of collagen made from prisoners' skin is in.
e. It is also alleged that the company is trying to develop fillers using tissue from aborted fetuses.
f. This is a cheaper way of developing collagen.