China’s ambassador to Zambia has dismissed reports that suggest China has been selling human flesh as food across Africa.
The reports, which recently emerged online quoted a woman living in China who has warned all Zambians not to eat Chinese-made corned beef.
The unnamed woman claims that Chinese beef companies are collecting human corpses, slicing off the flesh, marinating them, packing them in corned beef tins and sending them to Africa.
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In a statement released, the Chinese ambassador Yang Youming said: “Today a local tabloid newspaper is openly spreading a rumor, 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…We hereby express our utmost anger and the strongest condemnation over such an act."
The Zambian government official has since apologized and promised to launch an investigation.