Chinese officials have dismissed claims by Zambian media that China has been selling human meat as food in Africa reports Xinhua
“Today a local tabloid newspaper is openly spreading a rumour, claiming that the Chinese use human meat to make corned beef and sell it to Africa. This is completely a malicious slandering and vilification which is absolutely unacceptable to us,” said Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming
The Chinese Ambassador further said that it is unfortunate that people with ulterior motives are attempting to destroy the long standing partnership between Zambia and China. He expressed anger and strong condemnation to the allegations. An unnamed Zambian woman living in China has been quoted on social media and local Zambian tabloids warning people to stop buying Chinese corned beef, claiming that the Chinese beef companies were collecting dead human bodies, marinating them and packaging them in tins labelled corned beef and sending them to Africa.
Zambia’s Deputy Defence Minister Christopher Mulenga promised that the government of Zambia will launch investigations into the allegations upon request by the Chinese embassy to investigate the tabloid and source of rumour in order to clear the Chinese people.