Walmart Sells Donkey Meat Tainted With Fox Meat in China

Walmart Fox Meat

What does the fox say? Probably something along the lines of “stop eating me, Chinese discount shoppers.”

Walmart is recalling donkey meat from some of its stores in China after the Shandong Food and Drug Administration said their famous “Five Spice” donkey meat contained fox meat. Yes, cats, dogs and donkeys are fair game in China – but fox meat crosses the line.

Donkey meat is not a Chinese staple meat dish, but is commonly eaten as a snack. In fact, the donkey snack is so popular that in 2011 China slaughtered 2.4 million donkeys for food.

And who would have thought that Walmart wouldn’t sell the highest quality of donkey meat? Probably everyone who lives in China and has read about all the recent food scares. Tainted milk scandals and recycled “gutter oil” stories have pretty much undermined Chinese consumer’s confidence in the food supply chain – and Walmart is no exception. This isn’t the first time Chinese Walmarts have been investigated for selling questionable meat. In 2011, Walmart was fined for selling duck meat past its expiry date in China.

But Walmart, worried that the latest fox meat scandal could dent it’s reputation for quality in China’s $1 trillion food and grocery market, is taking action to reassure shoppers, including a setting-up a team to investigate the incident and strengthening its food safety rules.

“We are deeply sorry for this whole affair,” said Wal-Mart’s China president and CEO Greg Foran, “It is a deep lesson (for us) that we need to continue to increase investment in supplier management.”

That was deep.

Via: NBC News

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