Ground-up Babies in Pill Form – UPDATE

Help me out here — I’m having a really hard time believing this is real, via the AP’s Hyung-Jin Kim: SKorea finds smuggled capsules contain human flesh:

South Korea has seized thousands of smuggled drug capsules filled with powdered flesh from dead babies, which some people believe can cure disease, officials said Monday.

The capsules were made in northeastern China from babies whose bodies were chopped into small pieces and dried on stoves before being turned into powder, the Korea Customs Service said.

Customs officials refused to say where the dead babies came from or who made the capsules, citing possible diplomatic friction with Beijing. Chinese officials ordered an investigation into the production of drugs made from dead fetuses or newborns last year.

The customs office has 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 customs service said in a statement. The capsules of human flesh, however, contained bacteria and other harmful ingredients.

The smugglers told customs officials they believed the capsules were ordinary stamina boosters and did not know the ingredients or manufacturing process.

Seems it’s a real story

I was already feeling lousy. Now I feel genuinely sick.

UPDATE: Updates from The Week (sent along by Ed Morrissey, thanks, Ed!)

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