China says no pills made from human flesh in country
A photo released by the Korea Customs Service shows capsules filled with powdered human flesh in Daejeon, officials say.
May 8th, 2012
10:48 AM ET

China says no pills made from human flesh in country

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.

More than 35 cases and more than 17,000 pills have been found by customs authorities since August, the South Korean website Dong-A Ilbo reported. 

The pills are taken by people who believe they may help increase stamina, for rejuvenation or by terminal cancer patients, according to the South Korean reports.

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  1. Bristol Palin

    All you self righteous people complaining about the lack of morals in China, probably live in the US where everything is expendable for a buck, especially social responsibility. I doubt this stuff even comes from dead babies, but if it does, so what? We take organs from dead people, why not this? Dead is dead, and using organs is using organs. Like I always say, just because we Americans don't like something, doesn't mean noone else does. There are over 6 billion people on this planet, America only has 320 million of them.

    May 8, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      I luv it when you talk like that!

      May 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really Jersey

      The Chinese still forcibly abort fetuses as the head crowns during labor at the moment of birth. Their doctor's use a needle to kill them by injecting formaldehyde into the full term baby's brain. Then they deliver the dead infant whose parents were unlucky enough to lose the child they were permitted to have or were not influential enough or got on the wrong side of someone important. On top of that they are grinding them up to sell their dead bodies? You see nothing wrong with this... I feel sorry for you.

      May 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AcclaimedMan

    Eat anything that moves or ever moved – Chinese policy/habit !!!

    May 8, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. @Woody

    *lactate, rather aka mothers milk. We can digest that if it were readily available. (even for infants)

    May 8, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • read

      For the sake of humanity, please do not reproduce. Before shooting your mouth off, please read-up on lactose, lactase, lactate (lactic acid), and basic english grammar.

      May 8, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NorCalMojo


    May 8, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mrs.57

    I dont know when posters went shopping recently, but there's not much in any product line that doesnt have a Made in China sticker on it. Thank NAFTA and the Clinton family for everything we lost.

    May 8, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • rodbinnc

      You do know that "free trade" is a GOP idea pushed by the Republicans.....still.

      May 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rodbinnc

    Please do not give the Republicans any ideas. They did not know that this process to make pills was outsourced to China. It was their idea to convert the poor, old and babies to food for their rich elites. Only theirs was of a real meal with human flesh after they had sacrificed another human baby to praise the god of money, "Profit".

    May 8, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CedarRapids

    I said yesterday that it sounded like a urban myth. Wonder if I was right.

    May 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. State News Agency

    Red Meat! It's what's for dinner.
    Cows Milk! It does a body good.
    Asbestos! Cheap, and good for schools.
    Paxil/Depakote! Safe! (if hypertension in newborns is what you seek)

    May 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NODAT1

    note the carefull wording by the "Chineese official" what the rest of the world would consider human flesh is not necessary what the chineese culture might consider.a good percentage of any statement out of the chineese is culture based and in the chineese culture the female baby are not considered human

    May 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikeBigD

      All statements are "culture based." We can know what's in these pills by survey. It's much more fun to demonize another culture. And very Western.

      May 8, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. no nothing

    If China said it, then it's good enough for me.

    May 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeffrey

    Why would they want to cook away all the flavor and put it in pill form?

    May 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      @ Jeffrey.... Haha!

      May 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. oo

    so the ministry of truth hath spoken

    May 8, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BOMBO ©

    This is doing nothing to dispel the urban myth about eating cats, dogs, and rats.

    May 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Gotta agree with you there, BOMBO©.

      May 8, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Miss Hecht TELLA, what are you talking about NOW?
    I haven't addressed you •at all•.
    Please explain.

    May 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Pharma shifts research overseas - Mary

      And since many Third World volunteers–some of whom are even homeless people–are in poor health to begin with, it's much easier to write off side effects.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Pharma shifts research overseas - Mary

      If you've ever looked at all the drug warnings and recalls lately and wondered how so many bad meds managed to slip through the cracks, you've inadvertently admired their handiwork.

      Overseas trials helped give us Avandia, Celebrex and the notoriously bad antibiotic Ketek–just to name a few. In fact, up to 80 percent of all new drug applications submitted in 2008 featured data from overseas trials.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Pharma shifts research overseas - Mary

      The FDA told the New York Times that it has the power to reject overseas data–but I'd love to see hard numbers on how often that happens.

      Here's my guess: About as often as the feds manage to inspect those overseas trial sites.

      In other words, almost never–because in 2008, they visited just 0.7 percent, or 45 of the 6,485 sites.

      What does this mean for you? Take every new drug approval with a huge grain of salt. The meds that made it through the system before research shifted overseas were bad enough.

      Now, expect a new wave of drugs that are even worse.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Crater

    Seems legit.

    May 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
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