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Chinese Walmarts Are Really Splitting Hairs These Days

Source – Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, has recalled donkey meat sold at some outlets in China after tests showed the product contained the DNA of other animals, the US company said.

Wal-Mart will reimburse customers who bought the tainted “Five Spice” donkey meat and is helping local food and industry agencies in eastern Shandong province investigate its Chinese supplier, it said late on Wednesday in official posts on China’s Twitter-like Weibo. The Shandong Food and Drug Administration earlier said the product contained fox meat.

The scandal could dent Wal-Mart’s reputation for quality in China’s $1 trillion food and grocery market where it plans to open 110 new stores in the next few years. China is the largest grocery market in the world and is set to grow to $1.5 trillion by 2016, according to the Institute of Grocery Distribution.

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Donkey meat. Fox meat. Human meat. What’s the difference? If you’re shopping for “five spice” donkey meat at a Walmart in China getting some fox meat mixed in there is the least of your worries. Apparently people who eat donkey meat are very picky. Walmart wants to throw some other animal DNA in there and all of a sudden there’s a huge uproar. Have you seen some of the stuff they sell at Chinese Walmarts? Crocodiles, rib cages, turtles. If you’re going in there looking for food you have to expect the worst. Tis’ the life of a Chinese Walmart shopper.

– Ryan

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