Wal-Mart apologizes for expired duck meat in China store
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the biggest retail store chain in the world, has issued an apology for all the consumers who bought expired duck meat in its China store.
The world’s biggest retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Saturday issued a letter of apology over expired duck meat being sold in its store in China, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
Based on reports, an unknown amount of expired (smoked) duck meat was discovered by market regulators inside a Wal-Mart a store located in the Chongqing region in China.
Local market regulators conducted a swift investigation after receiving a tip from a consumer late last month. After obtaining several samples of the smoked tea ducks, the regulators have informed the Wal-Mart management.
After receiving the notice from regulators, Wal-Mart immediately issued an apology, saying that the company would pay the victims 10 times the price of the smoked ducks as penalty.
However, the municipal consumer’s association in the Chongqing region pushed for higher penalty against Wal-Mart for the neglect in its stores.
It was not the first time that Wal-Mart faced problems in its China stores. It will be recalled that market regulators filed charges against the company, along with France’s Carrefour supermarket chain, for allegedly lying over the prices of their goods.
In January, both companies were fined by Chinese regulators following investigations.