Wal-Mart To Strengthen Food Safety Following Recall Of Donkey Meat

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Wal-Mart To Strengthen Food Safety Following Recall Of Donkey Meat

Recently, Wal-Mart recalled a snack supposedly made of donkey meat after it was found the product contained the DNA of Fox and other animals. In China, donkey meat is a popular snack; in fact, in 2011 2.4 million donkeys were slaughtered. The product recalled in China Wal-Mart stores is 'Five Spice' donkey meat. According to the retail giant, customers will be reimbursed for their purchase. DNA tests revealed the Five Spice product contained fox and other meat. A Wal-Mart spokeswoman stated that the company may take action against the supplier of the donkey meat, and that Wal-Mart is working in conjunction with authorities to investigate the supplier's manufacturing process and product. Currently, Wal-Mart is working with Chinese government officials to ensure product safety is being monitored by manufacturers of the food. In 2011, Chongqing officials accused Wal-Mart of labeling regular pork as organic meat, a more expensive option. The scandal resulted in two employees' arrest, closure of 13 stores on a temporary basis, and fines of more than $600,000. Wal-Mart implemented a new food safety compliance system across China following the incident, and made managerial changes in Chongqing stores. Last year Wal-Mart said that over the next three years it would work to strengthen food safety management in China, investing 100 million Yuan ($16 million U.S.) during that time period. At Markem-Imaje we understand the growing concern in consumers over food safety, particularly given the number of headlines regarding food safety in the news in recent years. We invite manufacturers to learn more about our industrial printing equipment, coding and marking systems, and traceability solutions.

January 10, 2014
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