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Wal-Mart donkey meat: Contaminated meat recall, 'fox product' leads to refunds

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A Wal-Mart donkey meat recall has been put into place in certain locales in China after the meat has been found to contain other animal products, including fox meat. Wal-Mart has since offered a formal apology to shoppers within the provincial Jinan capital of Shandong, and will give refunds for the error. Money CNN tells details on the story this Thursday, Jan. 2, 2013.

The Wal-Mart donkey meat fiasco is affecting recent products of Five Spice Donkey Meat, notes the report. The recall has been issued after the meat was confirmed to be contaminated with fox and possibly other meats. Although U.S. Wal-Mart officials have been contacted for comment, spokespeople for the company haven’t yet responded.

However, more information on the matter has been revealed online via Weibo, a micro blogging site akin to Twitter in China. As for the Wal-Mart donkey meat, the retail giant has “zero tolerance” for such issues as contaminated meat, and as such will be continuing inspections by an outside party as well as conducting a new investigation into how the fox meat came to be.

“Weibo added that Wal-Mart was stepping up its food safety efforts by introducing routine DNA testing of easily adulterated meat products such as beef, mutton, donkey and venison …Suppliers would also now be held to inspections by a third party, and the overseas company has asserted it will report companies suspected of fraud to the local authorities.”

It remains unclear whether the donkey meat was actually tainted, or if the contamination simply came from the animal product coming in contact with the meat. Refunds are again being provided to shoppers in China who bought the product.

Although Wal-Mart stands proudly as the very biggest retailer in the entire world, it is facing difficult times abroad, particularly in China, where a number of stores are expected to close this 2014.

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