MANILA, Philippines - A congressman is calling on police and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to confiscate Chinese products which may contain human flesh.
In a statement, Samar Rep. Ben Evardone said he issued the call in light of reports that Korean authorities had seized at Inchon airport Chinese pills which contain human flesh, reportedly made from fetuses.
Last Monday, South Korean stepped up its customs inspections to top the smuggling from China of pills made from dead human fetuses or deceased infants.
"The PNP and NBI should confiscate chinese products which are sex, energy-enhancing, slimming and skin whithening coz they may contain human flesh," the solon said.
The placenta from fetus is believed by some as having ingredients that boost human energy.
"The BFAD should ban all these kinds of chinese products which are mostly being sold in the gray market and in chinese stores. BFAD should inform the public on the harmful effects of these chinese products," he added.
The illegal importing to South Korea of "human-flesh" capsules -- taken by men who believe it enhances sexual performance but which could pose serious health hazards -- has increased since the first case was detected in August.
South Korean customs have so far uncovered 35 attempts to bring in a total of 17,451 capsules in travellers' luggage or by mail, the Yonhap news agency recently said.
The pills are contaminated with "super bacteria" and other disease-causing organisms, Yonhap said, quoting customs officials. Some pills were hidden in capsules of legitimate drugs to disguise their contents.
Yonhap quoted officials as saying they would strengthen inspections of drugs from the Chinese cities of Yanji, Qingdao and Tianjin, where many of the so-called "human-flesh" pills are believed to be produced. -- with reports from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News; AFP