Testicle implants made by a now defunct French company have been revealed to contain the same contaminated silicone as the company's faulty breast implants.

A global health scare was sparked last month after the revelation Poly Implants Prothese (PIP) had manufactured implants using untested industrial fuel additives.

The implants have been tentatively linked to a handful of cancer cases, including one death.

Now France's Le Parisien newspaper has revealed that the same contaminated silicone gel was also used in male chest, buttock and testicle implants.

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"Three people were specially trained to work with a machine that made silicon testicles," a former PIP worker told the paper.

The paper said it was not known how many had been sold, but added most were exported, mainly to Latin America.