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With regard to biology, flesh is the soft substance of the body of a living thing. In a human or other animal body, this consists of muscle and fat; for vertebrates, this especially includes muscle tissue (skeletal muscle), as opposed to bones and viscera.[1] Animal flesh may be used as food, in which case it is commonly called meat. In plants, "flesh" is similarly used to refer to the soft tissue, particularly where this is the edible part of fruits and vegetables.

Human and non-human animal flesh are culturally significant. In May 2012, the government of South Korea seized thousands of smuggled capsules from Northeastern China filled with powdered human flesh which were manufactured by ethnic Korean citizens of China who intended to consume the capsules or distributethem to other ethnic Korean citizens of China living in South Korea, as part of a crackdown on the consumption of powdered human flesh as a form of folk medicine.[2][3][4][5]


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  2. ^ "Pills filled with powdered human baby flesh found by customs officials". The Telegraph. 07 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "'"S Korea cracks down on 'human flesh capsules. Al Jazeera. 7 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Leigh, Rob (7 May 2012). "Sickening foetus trade: South Korea orders crackdown on human flesh capsules 'made from dead babies' smuggled in from China". Mirror Online. 
  5. ^ S Korea seizes pills ‘made from dead babies’ - World News | IOL News | 07 May 2012

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