Production at unlicensed dentures factory halted

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An unlicensed denture processing factory in Beijing has been ordered to suspend production for allegedly using recycled metal materials to make dentures, Beijing News reported yesterday.

The Beijing Jingjiayi Denture Processing Center is also accused of using illegal cleansing cream to whiten the dentures to meet the requirement of hospitals and clinics.

The factory, in the city's Tongzhou District, has been ordered to suspend production after a local law enforcement team found it had no license following an undercover investigation by the newspaper.

The investigation found the factory melted recycled residue of metal materials to make dentures and used shoe polish and furniture cleansing products to whiten and brighten the dentures.

Since the purity of the metal was lower, the dentures would unavoidably have small holes on them. The poorly-made dentures were also likely to cause irritation in the mouth and other oral diseases if they were not disinfected under strict conditions, according to Shao Dongsheng, a former prosthodontist with Beijing Stomatological Hospital.

The unlicensed dentures and false teeth were sold to small- and medium-sized hospitals and dental clinics in Beijing at low prices.

For instance, a false tooth worth only a few dozen yuan was sold to medical faculties at several hundred yuan and resold to patients at thousands of yuan, the newspaper said.

"To put it bluntly, this is an unlicensed factory. If there is any check, we won't pass it," Huang Yuchao, the factory owner, told the newspaper's reporter, adding there were hundreds of illegal denture factories in Beijing while only around 50 were licensed.

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