If I had a nickel for every time my donkey meat snack turned out to be fox meat instead, I’d have no nickels. But there would be plenty of coins coming in for customers at some Walmart stores in China after tests showed that what was labeled as “Five Spice” donkey meat was tainted with the meat of other animals.
Walmart is now pulling the item from shelves and refunding customers who bought the meat while it tries to figure out how the mixup happened, reports Reuters.
It’s bad timing for Walmart’s reputation in China as the company is planning on opening 110 new stores in the country over the next few years. But shoppers could be put off by such an incident because as we all know, what the label says is what you should get.
While it’s not like everyone in China is chowing down on donkeys, it’s a popular snack in some areas. In 2011 China slaughtered 2.4 million donkeys for consumption, so ostensibly someone is buying the stuff and wouldn’t be pleased to have it be any other kind of meat.
“We are deeply sorry for this whole affair,” said Wal-Mart’s China president and CEO, Greg Foran. “It is a deep lesson (for us) that we need to continue to increase investment in supplier management.”