Beijing - China will re-investigate allegations that Chinese-made drug
capsules containing powdered flesh from dead babies are being smuggled
into South Korea, state media reported on Tuesday.
Xinhua News Agency said that according to a statement from Ministry of
Health spokesperson Deng Haihua an investigation launched in August
found no proof that such capsules were being manufactured in China.
Deng was quoted as saying China would investigate again following new reports of such pills being smuggled into South Korea.
The statement was not posted on the ministry's website and calls to the ministry rang unanswered.
Korea Customs Service said on Monday it had seized capsules made in
northeastern China from babies whose bodies were chopped into small
pieces and dried on stoves before being turned into powder. Some people
believe the pills can cure disease.
No sickness reported
said Chinese health departments would work with police, customs
agencies and commerce authorities to investigate the latest claims,
The South Korean customs agency began investigating
after receiving a tip a year ago. No sicknesses have been reported from
ingesting the capsules.
Korean customs officials have refused to
say where the dead babies came from or who made the capsules, citing
possible diplomatic friction with Beijing.
Korea said it had
discovered 35 smuggling attempts since August of about 17 450 capsules
disguised as stamina boosters, and some people believe them to be a
panacea for disease. The capsules of human flesh, however, contained
bacteria and other harmful ingredients.