FDA tracking 'fetus pills' from China

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 11 2012 06:33 PM | Updated as of May 12 2012 08:03 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tracking possible shipments of the so-called "wonder pills" containing powdered fetus that have reached the Philippines.

FDA Director Reynaldo de Vera said they are on high alert against the contraband and are coordinating with the Bureau of Customs on the issue.

De Vera also advised consumers to avoid buying unregistered medicine and food supplements.

He said there is no such thing as a "wonder pill" or drug.

Imported food supplements without any English labels are also deemed unregistered due to labeling requirements and standards.

According to the FDA, consumers should always be wary of buying drugs and supplements from street vendors.

Those who sell unregistered products may be slapped with criminal charges and may lose their license to operate.

On Thursday,  Samar Rep. Ben Evardone urged police and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to confiscate Chinese products that may contain human flesh.

Evardone issued the call in light of reports that Korean authorities seized at Inchon airport Chinese pills that 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 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.