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Unlicensed human placenta intercepted in SW China

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-02-10 13:59
CHENGDU - A total of 100 vials of unlicensed human placenta extract were seized from a foreign passenger in a Chinese airport, local authorities said Friday.

The vials, a Japanese brand, were found in a luggage of a Republic of Korea (ROK) national in Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport of Sichuan Province, when airport staff were making inspections to a flight from the ROK Wednesday.

The passenger could not offer official permit for bringing the products into China, Sichuan Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau said.

Human placenta extract is popular among people who believe it can remedy disease and combat aging. However, due to potential risk of transmission of hepatitis, syphilis or HIV/AIDS, it is strictly supervised, and entry without certification is illegal in China.

Officials with the bureau said the public should be cautious of unlicensed products, as rising e-commerce was causing a rise in foreign imports.
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