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Bentonville, Ark. — Wal-Mart is reportedly recalling donkey meat it sells in China after testing revealed the meat contained fox DNA. According to Bloomberg, Wal-Mart detected fox DNA in samples of donkey meat from Chinese supplier Dezhou Fujude Food Company Ltd., and has since withdrawn all products from the company from its shelves.
Wal-Mart will reportedly now add DNA testing to all meat products it sells in China, where counterfeit meat products are an issue. Wal-Mart is planning to offer compensation to customers who bought the counterfeit donkey meat. In 2012, Wal-Mart was cited by Chinese authorities for selling sesame oil and squid with hazardous chemical levels. Dezhou Fujude officials are reportedly in criminal detention as a result of the incident and the company declined comment in the article.
“Walmart will spare no effort in fulfilling its obligations as a retailer and in working with government authorities in their investigation,” Greg Foran, president and CEO of Wal-Mart China, said in a statement. “Walmart commits to further enhance sample testing in the future.”