You might have heard the rumors circulating around Facebook that China has been selling human meat disguised as corned beef. These horrific rumors have forced leaders from both Zambia and China to issue public statements addressing the matter.
Chinese Officials have recently released statements denying these allegations. Xinhua news agency in Zambia quoted an unnamed Zambian woman living in China telling people to stop eating Chinese corned beef. The woman claimed that the meat was made from human flesh.
The alleged sources say that the idea to use human meat came when China ran out of space to dispose of the dead. Others claimed that Beijing preferred to save its ‘good meat’ for richer, more powerful countries.
But the Chinese ambassador to Zambia issued a furious denial of the allegations. “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,’ said Yang Youming, according to China’s .
‘This is completely a malicious slandering and vilification which is absolutely unacceptable to us. We hereby express our utmost anger and the strongest condemnation of such an act.”
He claimed that the rumors were being circulated by “People with ulterior motives who were attempting to destroy the long-standing partnership between Zambia and China.”
While these gruesome images were enough to fool many people, it has been pointed out that at least one of the photos is a fake. It was from a 2012 marketing campaign for the video game Resident Evil 6. The image which appears to show human body parts in an abattoir, and was taken as a publicity stunt in London’s Smithfield Market.
Nevertheless, China’s ambassador to Zambia called for an investigation into the allegations, which led to an apology from the Zambian Deputy Minister Christopher Mulenga.
“The government of Zambia regrets the incident in view of the warm relations that exist between Zambia and China,” he said.
“We shall make sure that relevant government authorities will take up the investigations and give a comprehensive statement.”
‘I don’t know why they do this to Africa, I think it’s all because of the growing population so they don’t have where to bury their dead anymore.”