Wal-Mart China Rides Out Tainted Donkey Meat Recall

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Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) is in the doghouse again in China, and this time, it’s all thanks to donkey meat. According to NBC News, the big-box retailer has been forced to recall donkey meat at some of its outlets in China on account of tests showing that the product contains the DNA of other animals. Wal-Mart confirmed via social media on Wednesday night that the meat is tainted and customers will be reimbursed for the product. The company said it is cooperating with authorities like the Shandong Food and Drug Administration, which are in the process of investigating Wal-Mart’s Chinese supplier.

The product in question is Five Spice donkey meat, which NBC News reports is a popular snack in some areas of China, even though donkey meat doesn’t account for a huge fraction of overall meat consumption in the country. This isn’t the first time Wal-Mart has come under the spotlight for its meat products in China: In 2011 the retailer was fined for selling duck meat past its expiration date. The Shandong Food and Drug Administration said the Five Spice product contains fox meat.

Wal-Mart China President and CEO Greg Foran said in a statement confirming the meat issues: “We are deeply sorry for this whole affair. It is a deep lesson (for us) that we need to continue to increase investment in supplier management.”

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