Wal-Mart is recalling “Five Spice Donkey Meat” from Chinese stores after DNA tests found traces of fox mixed with the meat.
The Shandong Food and Drug Administration reported last month that the product contained fox meat. Wal-Mart recalled “Five Spice” after DNA tests proved the meat was tainted.
A Wal-Mart spokeswoman told AFP that the retailer will reimburse customers who bought donkey meat, a staple in Chinese cooking.
They also plan to test all their “high risk” meats, despite the fact that the procedure is not required under food laws there.
Wal-Mart apologized for the mishap, but didn’t offer an explanation for how the meat was tainted.
“We are deeply sorry for this whole affair,” said Wal-Mart China President and CEO Greg Foran, according to Sina Weibo.
This isn’t the first time Wal-Mart China has been accused of shady food practices, Newser reported.
In 2011, the officials found it was selling normal pork under a more costly organic label. Later that year, it was fined for selling duck meat after it had expired. Officials claimed it was making baked goods with expired eggs in 2013.
The world’s largest retailer intends to open 110 new stores in China over the next two years.