Chinese diet pills contained human flesh, say South Korean police

South Korean police seized Chinese diet pills containing human flesh.  Credit: Flickr / neur0nz
South Korean police seized Chinese diet pills containing human flesh.
Credit: Flickr / neur0nz

Police in Jeju, South Korea, arrested two students from China for selling diet pills containing human flesh, reports the Korea Times. Mo Mo, 26, and Mo An, 21, ordered the diet pills off a Chinese website and smuggled them into South Korea illegally and sold them for profit.

They purchased the pills at a price of about $19 per bottle and sold each bottle for about $56 to 80 customers. The two made a profit of about $5,646.

Police had the pills analyzed at the National Forensic Service, where they were found to have a 100 percent positive match with human flesh. The pills also tested positive for sibutramine and phenolphthalein, both banned substances in South Korea.

Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that is also banned in the U.S. because it is known to increase the risk of cardiovascular events like heart attacks and strokes. Phenolphthalein is a laxative, and the National Institutes of Health says it is “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”


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