Pill Smugglers Busted Because Powdered Baby Flesh Should Not Be Ingested

Authorities in South Korea have seized thousands of smuggled drug capsules filled with a ghoulish ingredient — powdered flesh from dead babies. Some people believe that substance can cure disease, but health officials say the pills potentially contain harmful ingredients and bacteria. And yeah, human flesh. Ick.

**Warning — this gets a bit graphic and is pretty grody.

According to the Associated Press (via Newser), the capsules come from northeastern China and were made from babies whose bodies were chopped into small pieces and dried on stoves before being turning into powder.

Customs officials haven’t said where the babies came from or who is responsible for making the capsules. It has discovered 35 smuggling attempts since August, consisting of around 17,450 capsules. Smugglers insist they thought the pills were just ordinary stamina boosters and that they had no idea they contained baby flesh.

Some in China believe that the pills are a panacea for disease, but officials aren’t down with that. Customs officials say the pills were smuggled in the mail or in luggage, and were intended to be used by Koreans who had lived in northeastern China.

All pills have been confiscated thus far, but no one is being brought to task over it because the “amount was deemed small and they weren’t intended for sale.” Which means, free powdered baby flesh capsules were going to be free for the asking.

Must reiterate: Eww.

*I’d say thanks for the tip, Matt, but now I feel yucky inside.

South Korea finds smuggled drug capsules from China containing flesh from dead babies [Associated Press]

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  1. Cat says:

    I don’t know if I should hate more: the the Chinese who made them or the Koreans for wanting them.

    But they are both stupid for believing in “magic”.

    • Lethe says:

      I agree. Between this and the constant struggle to keep animals safe from poachers who hunt them for their horns/testicles/bladders/whatever, I have a hard time putting any stock in traditional Asian medicine.

      • iesika says:

        I’ve read several stories of paleontologists working in China discovering new species of dinosaurs just by poking through the merchandise of “medical” shops. Extinct animal bits are just as big business as endangered animal bits.

    • Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

      *smack Cat on the forhead*
      “You are HEALED! Hallelujah! Can I get an “Amen”?”

    • Marlin says:

      “Koreans who had lived in northeastern China”

      Thats like blaming the US people for what Saudis did on 9/11.

    • UberGeek says:

      Third on my list is The Consumerist for bringing me this story right after I ate lunch. Yep, I shoulda heeded their warning.

  2. Coffee says:

    Baby flesh is a well-known aphrodisiac, and can cure many ailments, including colon cancer, fatigue, IBS, and the common cold.*

    *These statements have not been confirmed by the FDA

    In other news, there’s been literature circulating for years about the Chinese using fetuses from abortion clinics to make “fetus soup”, which is supposedly a potent concoction used to strengthen oneself. The writing has always smacked or urban legend, but I guess it could be true?

  3. Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ) says:

    The recipe calls for two babies with EYES. Mama don’t want em if they don’t got eyes. It’s a requirement!

  4. dwtomek says:

    Well what else do you expect them to do with all those backwoods aborted female babies?

  5. sirwired says:

    If one wanted to enter this market, why not just use any old dried ground mammal in the capsules? Who’s going to know the difference?

    It’s not like the users are exactly going to send the pills off to labs to confirm they contain genuine human and/or complain to the cops if they don’t.

    • TheMansfieldMauler says:

      I agree. They could just as easily use tigers or rhinos.

    • Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

      In my experience, Chinese meds are usually what the say they are; I don’t know why.

      • fsnuffer says:

        Except for the $0.25 Viagra pills that are sugar pills but it is the lead/chromium mixture they use to get that lovely shade of purple.

        • Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

          Viagra is not a “Chinese medicine”. Your phake pills come from India, where the people are paid less.

      • Taed says:

        But how would you know that they are what they say they are?

        • Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

          I watched them collect some of the most expensive, exotic substances. Baby powder, no, but I would not doubt it.

        • LMA says:

          I would imagine that the sicko people who truly believe torturing black bears for bile and chopping up fetuses into powder is somehow “medicine” have an interest in ascertaining that the “proper” ingredients are in their horrible concoctions. Indeed that’s about the only “positive” thought I can possibly come up with for them — that they want to make sure their customers “get what they paid for” even if that substance is ineffective, immoral, and illegal.

        • ChuckECheese says:

          One reason is that the ingredients of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are sold as individual ingredients then combined according to prescription. People who know their ingredients know what things look like. And TCM uses some strange stuff.

  6. Portlandia says:

    I love my dead baby pills I take them with my urine eggs. Keep me young long time.

    http://gizmodo.com/5897678/chinas-urine+boiled-eggs-are-a-cultural-delicacy

  7. Daniel Svoboda says:

    Gotta love that wacky Chinese medicines… dead babies, body parts from endangered species…

    • ChuckECheese says:

      In my time with TCM, I consumed insect eggs, fossils, cicada shells, dog testicle & penis, furry deer antler, gypsum and a bunch of random herbal substances. Many TCM formulas are remarkably effective and others not so much.

  8. Gman says:

    This just screams urban legend/e-mail chain to me.

    • Daniel Svoboda says:

      How does ‘Front page of BBC News’ strike you?

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        Anyone can be fooled.

        • iesika says:

          I just asked a coworker who lived in China for a year or two (for lack of a Chinese coworker), and she didn’t see anything about the article that made her question it a bit. Not exactly a primary source confirmation, but that plus BBC makes it sound reasonably likely, to me.

      • kelrod says:

        I can’t remember the exact details (and I’m too lazy to look it up right now), but I distinctly remember a news story from a major network (ABC I think) which claimed that Chinese street food vendors were selling dumplings filled with a mixture that contained cardboard. The story turned out to be a hoax and ABC (I think) had to retract it. So, yes, news outlets can be fooled.

  9. KrispyKrink says:

    Somewhere Chairman Mao is smiling.

  10. Harry Greek says:

    It’s disgusting that someone would ingest dead human flesh.

  11. ILoveBacon says:

    Starting the week off with the warm/fuzzy stories, I see.

    “…they weren’t intended for sale.” Oh, so they were just chopping up babies and feeding them to people for free out of the goodness in their hearts.

  12. Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

    Every time I see alternative medicine and the folks believing Western medicine is unnatural it makes me sick. I’ve been to one of the Chinese medicine farms. My sister-in-law works in a Chinese medicine shop. I wish the FDA would regulate the f*ck out of it because these ‘medicines’ do far, far more damage than good.

    • ferozadh says:

      And you know this by the thousands of hours of research and testing you’ve obviously done, right? There’s legitimate herbal medicine with scientifically proven results, and there’s this shit… learn to separate the two… like Yoda once said, ignorance leads to bigotry, bigotry leads to suffering…or was it fear. Anyway point is babies are not delicious.

      • Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

        And just how many babies have you eaten? Have you tasted thousands of babies? Baby back ribs are not human babies. LEARN TO SEPARATE THE TWO.

      • LMA says:

        Actually, there really *isn’t* any “legitimate herbal medicine with scientifically proven results” but that doesn’t stop the new age westerners who believe in “herbal medicine” from coming up with what amount to magical stories explaining away why no plant has ever been demonstrated in double-blind, peer-reviewed tests to work for anything. It is, in fact, exactly the same as Chinese believers taking “dragon blood” or “human baby capsules” because of a pre/anti-scientific belief in their efficacy.

        • RayanneGraff says:

          Weeeell…. I agree with you for the most part, but I personally have had great success treating my hormonal problems herbally. Vitex & now Saw Palmetto have enabled me to avoid taking hormone pills to clear up my PCOS.

          Stuff like that, herbal remedies that actually DO something are fine, but the pills in the article & all the “aphrodisiacs” the Asian world uses made from tortured animals are what I have a problem with.

      • iesika says:

        Yes, there are plants and other whole natural substances that contain ingredients which can be used medicinally. These are not regulated, though, so you can sell whatever you want claiming it’s whatever you want, claiming it does whatever you want, and people will probably buy it, because however smart some herbal medicine users are, 90% of everything is crap, and most people don’t understand biology or medicine well enough to make decisions about what medicine is best for them.

        No, these whole plants are not superior to the extracts and synthesized versions of these chemicals that have been through rigorous testing in peer-reviewed and government regulated trials and studies. I don’t have to chew on willow bark when my head hurts, because there is a bottle of aspirin in my desk.

  13. Pigfish99 the randomly insane says:

    … oh my god, this is horrific. D: please tell me the people who are doing these things are going to hell.

    • crispyduck13 says:

      You need to specify which level of hell, because I’m certainly heading there as well and I’ll be damned (ha) if I end up in the same place as these douchebags.

    • iesika says:

      I’d rather be told they’re going to prison.

  14. kenj0418 says:

    Doctor: “Care for a Jelly Baby?”

  15. Jawaka says:

    If magic dandelions and frog organs only available from the Amazon can be used for powerful drugs then why is it beyond the realm of possibility that dead baby flesh isn’t useful for some ailments as well? sure it’s distasteful but it doesn’t mean it might not be true.

    • Kisses4Katie says:

      Because it’s dead. baby. flesh. I do not give a FUCK if it cures cancer, AIDS, and makes you live forever. Whoever did this should be ground up or boiled alive.

  16. megan9039 says:

    That could be one of the most disturbing stories I have ever read on this site. There is a special place is hell for people involved in this crime.

  17. samonela says:

    Couldn’t even make it past “chopped into small…” in the second paragraph.

  18. Murph1908 says:

    Really? 31 comments before we see.

    IT’S PEOPLE! PEEEEOOPLLLLLLE!

  19. Hungry Dog says:

    What else will I ingest that allows me to keep my youthful good looks? I can’t bathe in the blood of virgins since Elizabeth Báthory kinda went overkill with the concept. What else are we to do to stay forever young?

  20. SoCalGNX says:

    Ban all imports of everything. This makes haggis sound wonderful.

  21. Yorick says:

    Powdered baby flesh … what is wrong with people … don’t they know it should be barbecued?

  22. gman863 says:

    The secret behind why Fat Bastard likes eating babies has been exposed…

  23. Tarceinus says:

    Ancient Chinese Secret Huh?

  24. Coyoty says:

    ♫ …The Addams Pharmacy… ♫