South Korean customs officials seize "dead baby" capsules
Seoul, South Korea (4E) – Capsules made of dead babies’ powdered flesh smuggled from China were seized by South Korea customs officials on Monday. This is not the first time that this happened. Since August 2011, the Korea Customs Service has seized around 17,500 similar capsules that were brought in from China.
The dead baby capsules, which are believed to improve a person’s stamina and act as remedy for various diseases, are made from the powderized flesh of dead babies and fetuses. Health officials say the capsules are nothing but harmful to consumers because of the many bacteria present in their components.
The drugs, which are said to come from northeast China, are brought into the country through hand-carried luggage or via international mail. Some are also camouflaged through dyeing and then concealed in the boxes of different medicines.
Smuggling is universally prohibited, as well as recycling medical waste, but to date, no one has been held accountable for this matter because the amounts found were judged to be too small and those involved claim innocence of the makeup of the capsules.