Hoax: China had to deny rumours that it was selling its dead bodies to Africa as a 'corned beef' meat product, after these macabre images were circulated on social media.
Rumours: China accused Zambian press of encouraging the allegations, after reports were published that claimed to quote sources from inside Chinese meat factories saying that the idea was sparked when China ran out of space for its dead bodies.
China has been forced to deny claims that it is marinating dead bodies, canning them and selling them as a meat product in Africa, after a bizarre Facebook hoax went viral.
Rumours of the alleged trade in human meat first began circulating on social media thanks to a series of photographs of what appeared to be skinned people in a meat factory.
Zambian press was accused of encouraging the rumours, after publishing articles that quoted alleged sources from inside the Chinese meat factories.
According to the alleged sources, the idea to use human meat came when China ran out of space to dispose of its dead.
Others claimed Beijing preferred to save its 'good meat' for richer, more powerful countries.
But China's ambassador to Zambia has issued a furious denial of the allegations.
‘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,' said Yang Youming, according to China’s Xinhua news agency.
‘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 reportedly claimed that the rumours were being circulated by 'people with ulterior motives were attempting to destroy the long-standing partnership between Zambia and China’.
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