Human flesh capsules coming from China were discovered by the South Korean Customs Service authorities.
About 17,500 capsules that contained powdered human flesh were illegally transported into South Korea since August 2011.
Korean authorities were reportedly increasing their monitoring of shipments of drugs arriving from northeast China.
These human flesh capsules were said to contain powdered flesh made from dead babies or fetuses and reportedly cured disease and boost stamina. Health authorities however contradicted these by saying that the capsules were full of bacteria and posed a health risk.
“It was confirmed those capsules contain materials harmful to the human body, such as super bacteria. We need to take tougher measures to protect public health,” a customs official said.
The capsules were even dyed or switched into boxes of other drugs in a bid to disguise them. The capsules containing the powdered flesh were found both in luggage and in the post.
It had emerged in a documentary last year that human flesh capsules from northeast China were smuggled into South Korea.
At that time China’s Health Ministry said that it was investigating the claims raised by the programme.
Ministry spokesman Deng Haihua said that China had “strict management of disposal of infant and fetal remains as well as placentas”.
“Any practice that handles the remains as medical waste is strictly prohibited,” he added.