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11 Aug 2011
Beijing , China
Nutrition pills from dead infants’ organs?
China is rocked by reports that a Chinese hospital sold dead infants and placenta to an underground factory to manufacture nutrition pills available in South Korea, prompting officials here to order a probe.
“Expressing great concern” the Chinese health ministry ordered a probe following reports in South Korea stating that Seoul customs had seized a batch of medicines from China that used the dried-up remains of dead infants as its main ingredient. “We have ordered the department of health of Jilin Province to launch an immediate investigation into the reported case,” ministry spokesman Deng Haihua said.
“China has strict regulations on disposing of the remains of infants, fetuses and placentas. We are firmly against trading of human bodies or organs. We demand that health departments at all levels strengthen administration in this regard,” he said. This followed revelations by S Korea’s TV that a Chinese hospital sold dead infants and placenta to a factory that manufactures pills.