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China Struggles to Control Human Flesh Pills

Posted: May 08, 2012


Beijing -- South Korea has seized thousands of smuggled drug capsules filled with powdered flesh from dead babies, which some people believe can help with sexual performance or as a good supplement to patients after surgery. According to Sing Tao, the capsules were made in northeastern China from babies whose bodies were chopped into small pieces and dried on stoves before being turned into powder. Since last August, Korea's customs office has discovered 35 smuggling attempts of nearly 17,500 of the human-flesh capsules in the luggage of tourists and in international mail. Korea Customs Service warned the capsules of human flesh contained bacteria and other harmful ingredients. Korea media reported that Chinese hospitals and abortion clinics are working with China's black markets and pharmaceutical companies to produce capsules and charge 800,000 korea dollars ($748 USD) per 100 capsules.

On China's side,  spokesperson Deng Hai Hua of China's ministry of health said the authorities have not yet found any case of flesh capsules in China since last August. However, they will work with police department and customs to investigate the case. The news also triggered nationwide medical safety concerns in China. A large number of college professors called for the government to have clear policies to control medical products. Namkai University associate professor Hua Lin Soug, whose research mainly focused on medical law, said the regulations of medical law is unclear and caused unsafe medical practices.

A scholar of Chinese academy of governance, Ying Lian Hu, said that central authorities have less control over medical products due to the fact that medical factories and pharmacies provide financial supports to local governments.

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