China to re-investigate alleged 'human capsules' made from fetuses

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    TNN | May 9, 2012, 09.11AM IST

    BEIJING: China has said it will reinvestigate allegations that some local factories produce " human capsules" containing remains of dead babies, and they are being smuggled to South Korea.

    Ministry of health spokesman Deng Haihua has said the ministry had launched an investigation into the matter last August but found no proof of it. He went on to say that his ministry will work with police, customs agencies and commerce authorities to investigate the allegations that have been made in the Korean media.

    The issue came to light after Korea Customs Service recently announced it had seized capsules made in northeastern China from dead babies whose bodies were chopped into small pieces and dried on stoves before being turned into powder.

    South Korea offers a good market for capsules made of aborted fetuses because many Koreans believe they contain health benefits and are capable of curing several diseases.

    The South Korean customs agency said it began investigating the issue after receiving a tip a year ago. It said no case of sicknesses have been reported by ingesting the capsules although they contain bacteria and other harmful ingredients

    It said Customs officials have discovered 35 attempts at smuggling 17,450 capsules disguised as stamina boosters since last August. Some people believe the capsules are a panacea for disease. However, they, the customs agency said.

    Deng said there are strict rules on the disposal of the remains of dead infants, aborted fetuses and placentas, which are categorized as human remains and banned from being disposed of as medical waste. Medical institutions and their staff are forbidden to trade human remains, including placentas, he added.

    China to re-investigate alleged 'human capsules' made from fetuses - The Times of India

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