Wal-Mart’s donkey/fox meat mix-up in China spurs DNA tests

| | January 10, 2014
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) said it’s adding DNA tests of meat it sells in China after recalling donkey products from a local supplier that authorities said contained fox DNA.

Wal-Mart withdrew all products from vendor Dezhou Fujude Food Company Ltd., after fox DNA was identified in samples, the retailer said yesterday in a statement. Yucheng, China authorities put Dezhou Fujude officials in “criminal detention,” and Wal-Mart is considering legal action, according to the statement.

Wal-Mart said it’s offering compensation to customers and that the testing it’s adding goes beyond what is legally required in China. The world’s largest retailer had previously increased safety measures after contamination and mis-labeling incidents, including a 2012 citation by regulators for selling sesame oil and squid with hazardous levels of chemicals.

Read the full, original story: Wal-Mart Adds DNA Tests in China After Donkey-Meat Recall

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