China denies claims of selling canned human meat labelled as corned beef to Africa.
After rumours on social media made tabloid headlines, the ambassador was forced to deny claims that companies in China were marinating dead human bodies and then packaging them as corned beef to be sent to Zambia.
i News reports:
Yang Youming, the Chinese Ambassador to Zambia, was not impressed.
“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,” he said, Xinhua news agency reported.
Meat rumours are ‘malicious slandering’
“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,” he said.
The rumour was also debunked by Snopes.com. The website said that images circulating on social media were old, adding that one of them was from a marketing stunt for action video game Resident Evil 6.
— Daily Post (@DailyPostZa) May 7, 2016
Zambia. KACHEPA a local tabloid rumors, slander Chinese enterprises “employing meat canned beef” sold in Africa. pic.twitter.com/BJHz143VT6
— 李悠然 (@liyouran_China) May 19, 2016
Investigation into rumours
The Chinese ambassador has called for the newspaper and source of the rumour to be investigated.
“The government of Zambia regrets the incident in view of the warm relations that exist between Zambia and China,” said Christopher Mulenga, Zambia’s deputy defence minister.
“We shall make sure that relevant government authorities will take up the investigation and give a comprehensive statement.”
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