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LinkAsia | Aug 3
Kim Young-hwan, a South Korean activist who has campaigned extensively for North Korean human rights, was recently released after spending four mon...
Recently, we told you about how capsule makers in China were rendering industrial waste, instead of using vegetable or animal matter to make gelatin casings for medicine. Several different manufacturers of Chinese traditional medicine and antibiotics bought those adulterated capsules, leading to arrests and factory closures. Well, now, there's another case. And this one's even more bizarre. South Korean customs has seized thousands of capsules it says contain human flesh. Officials discovered the capsules in mail and in luggage coming in on flights from China. A government lab at the airport analyzed the contents of the capsules and found the presence of human blood.
Shin Eul-gi, Incheon Airport Customs Inspection Laboratory:
As we analyzed the DNA, the sequence is 99.7 percent to 99.9 percent coincidental with humans.
Last year, a South Korean TV documentary charged that the flesh of fetuses was being used to make the capsules. The documentary said the smugglers connive with abortion clinics and sell those capsules as tonics or for male enhancement. At a recent news conference China's health ministry says it has been investigating, but has not yet found anything.