7 people in China have been sentenced up to 11 years in jail for producing chromium-laced gel medicine capsules. The case first came to light in April 2012 , when Chinese authorities arrested 72 people for producing drug capsules produced from industrial grade gelatin rendered from leather processing.
Who: Chinese State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA).
When: February 6, 2013; 2010-2012.
Where: Zhejiang province, China.
How: Investigation by the China Food and Drug Administration (SFDA).
Additional details: Chromium(III) salts are used in both leather tanning processes and for gelatin emulsions in photographic developing. High concentrations of chromium can lead to DNA damage, according to Wikipedia.
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