Federal officials shut down a North Carolina cadaver tissue company headed by Philip Joe Guyett Jr. earlier this month, saying his products posed a danger to public health. It was the second major scandal to hit the tissue trading industry in the last year.
The Associated Press says the case shows that little has been done to clean up the billion-dollar industry since it did an investigative report in June that found lax oversight that puts the public at risk. Donated cadaver tissue is used in more than a million procedures each year, and most of these operations do a lot of good. But poor testing or treatment can lead to infections like hepatitis – and even death.