Customs officials in South Korea have confiscated nearly 17,500 capsules containing ‘dried flesh of dead infants’ smuggled out of China by tourists and ethnic Koreans living in northern Chinese cities, some came in via international mail since last August, to be sold as ‘performance-enhancement’ pills, ABC News said.
South Korean authorities were beefing up efforts to stop the smuggling, warning consumers that the pills could be dangerous to human health since they contained ingredients made from dried human tissues that might not have been sterilized and could hold viruses as well as bacteria.
It was a common belief in Chinese folklore that human fetus could cure disease and help with circulation and sexual performance.
But Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, who consults regularly with the Centers for Disease Control, said "It's an extremely dubious for an operation like this with the potential for infection complications."
DNA tests verified that the pills were made from powdered humans which, according to Schaffner, transmit the drug-resistant bacteria MRSA present on the skin of a fetus, "The choice to use a dietary supplement can be a wise decision that provides health benefits. However, under certain circumstances, these products may be unnecessary for good health or they may even create unexpected risks."