By Lee Christie
A large number of capsules hidden in other medicine boxes has been seized by customs officials as they were being smuggled from China to South Korea. The pill contained powdered flesh from dead babies and foetuses. Over 17,000 capsules have reportedly been seized since August of last year.
The pills are, shockingly, considered by some alternative-medicine practitioners as a miracle “cure-all”. The bacteria in these capsules pose a significant health risk, and are far more likely to do harm than good. A customs official was quoted in The Korean Times stating:
“It was confirmed those capsules contain materials harmful to the human body, such as super bacteria. We need to take tougher measures to protect public health.”
Deng Haihua, a Chinese ministry spokesman told China Daily:
“[China has] strict management of disposal of infant and foetal remains as well as placentas.”
- BBC News: S Korea ‘to target powdered human flesh capsules’
- Scotsman: Drug capsules filled with powdered baby flesh seized in South Korea