China Denies Baby Flesh Pills

After South Korean customs seized thousands of capsules containing flesh from dead babies, they have announced that they will being cracking down on the smuggling of these pills. Authorities have claimed that these capsules are coming from China. These “health” or “fetus” capsules have been reported as having a 99.7% match with human tissue. AFP reports:

South Korea has intensified a crackdown on the smuggling of capsules from China containing the powdered flesh of dead babies, taken by some as a cure for disease or a way to boost sexual performance, a customs official said Tuesday.

The gruesome practice came to light Sunday when Korea Customs said it had uncovered 35 attempts to import a total of 17,451 such capsules since last August.

The customs service said that apart from ethical questions the capsules were contaminated with “super bacteria” and other disease-causing organisms.

Most pills were sent from the northeastern Chinese cities of Yanji and Jilin as well as cities including Qingdao and Tianjin at the request of customers in South Korea, it said.

Despite South Korea’s claims about the origins of the pills, China has announced that they have not found any capsules containing baby flesh. CNN adds:

Medications made of human tissue have not been found in China, the country’s Health Ministry said Tuesday after reports a day earlier that pills made from the flesh of dead babies were smuggled from China into South Korea.

Chinese authorities will conduct an investigation into reports that the capsules, allegedly made from aborted fetuses, were made in China, Deng Haihua, a spokesman for China’s Health Ministry, said in a report from the state-run Xinhua news agency. Similar allegations were investigated in August, and nothing was found to substantiate them, he said.

Deng said China has strict regulations to ensure that such a thing could not occur.

According to a report in the Korea Times, 29 smugglers of “human-flesh capsules” have been arrested after trying to bring 11,000 pills into the country while disguised as tourists.

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May 8, 2012 12:48 PM
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