Chinese officials strongly deny packing human flesh in cans and shipping the marinated "meat products" to Africa to be sold as food.
According to published reports, a Zambian woman living in China warned Africans not to eat corned beef imported from China because the cans contained people.
The unidentified woman said unclaimed corpses were collected and select body parts were marinated in cans labeled "corned beef for human consumption."
The Zambian media also quoted factory workers who claimed human body parts were canned and shipped to Africa as food because burial space in China is severely limited.
A Chinese official vigorously denied the allegations in a statement to news agency Xinhua.
"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.
"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."
Last year, Chinese officials shut down a dog farm where dogs are slaughtered and sold as food because the farms were operating without proper inspections or vaccination paperwork.
The Global Times stated the poisons some dog traffickers used posed a threat to people who buy dog meat to enjoy as a delicacy.