by Christopher Freeburn | January 2, 2014 10:47 am
Chinese consumers who purchased a product advertised as containing donkey meat from Walmart (WMT) may have ended up with a taste of fox.
Walmart has issued a recall for “Five Spice” donkey meat after testing by the Shandong Food and Drug Administration discovered traces of fox DNA in the product. Walmart will compensate customers who purchased the product, BBC notes.
The head of Walmart operations in China said that the fox-tainted donkey meat episode was a “deep lesson” about the importance of “supplier management” for Walmart.
In addition to the recall, Walmart says it plans to sue the company that sold it the “donkey meat.” Walmart is also cooperating with Chinese authorities in their investigation of the incident.
WMT shares gained modestly in Thursday morning trading.
Walmart isn’t the first U.S. company to face food contamination concerns in China. In late 2012, Yum! Brands (YUM) KFC restaurant chain was hit with charges from Chinese media that some of its local poultry supplies improperly used hormones to accelerate the growth of chickens.
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