Chinese Ambassador said the rumours of China selling dead bodies as meat were being circulated by people with ulterior motives, to destroy the long-standing partnership between Zambia and China.
Chinese officials have dismissed circulating reports in the media that China is selling meat from dead human bodies as corned beef in Africa. Rumours of the country engaging in such bizarre act emanated from a viral Facebook video of people allegedly processing dead bodies and selling them as corned beef.
The Facebook video was said to have been circulated by a Zambian woman living in China warning people to stop buying Chinese corned beef. Zambian press was subsequently accused of encouraging the rumours, after publishing articles that quoted alleged sources from inside the Chinese meat factories.
But Chinese ambassador to Zambia, Yang Youmong has issued a statement to condemn the allegation. According to reports, he said the rumours of China selling dead bodies were being circulated by people with ulterior motives to destroy the long-standing partnership between Zambia and China.
He frowned at the derogatory report against the Chinese government and equally expressed their fury over the act. The ambassador also called on the government of Zambia to investigate the matter to find out the source of the rumour and clear the image of the Chinese. Also, some sources have said that the Zambian Defence Minister in response apologised, and promised the Chinese government that the matter will be thoroughly investigated.
Earlier this year, a Facebook post claiming that China was making corned beef with dead bodies and selling the products to Africa started circulating on social media, alongside series of photos backing the claims. Many had immediately jumped into conclusions on seeing series of photographs of what appeared to be skinned people in a meat factory.
But it seems the air is now cleared as it has been confirmed that none of such was true. Having said this, the Chinese food industry hopes to gain back the public’s trust on their products.