According to recent reports in Chinese media, products from 13 pharmaceutical companies including Xiuzheng Pharmaceutical (修正药业) were recently found to contain excessive amounts of chromium, with products in some cases having 90 times the accepted levels of chromium. The companies, which are now being investigated by the State Food and Drug Administration, are alleged to have manufactured capsules for medicinal products by using industrial gelatins made from recycled leather and other waste products processed with quicklime.
In this cartoon, posted by artist Shang Haichun (商海春) to his blog at, a homegrown pharmaceutical manufacturer — apparently perspiring with guilt — throws old shoes into the top of an old-fashioned meat grinder and medicinal capsules pop out the other end.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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