Thousands of capsules filled with powdered human flesh have been discovered by customs officials in South Korea, it was revealed today.
The capsules are made in China from dead babies, whose bodies are chopped into tiny pieces which were then dried in ovens before being pummelled into powder.
The gruesome series of discoveries since last August has shocked even hardened customs agents who have pledged to strengthen inspections.
The capsules are regarded by some people in Asia as being medicinal - a cure-all for their ailments.
Chinese officials are understood to have been aware of the trade and have tried to stop the capsules being exported but thousands of packets of them have been smuggled through to South Korea.
The South Korean Customs Service said today that it had heightened its searches of suspicious packages being brought into the country by travellers from China in an attempt to stamp out the sickening trade. Read More