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Wal-Mart China Drops Pork Items After Inspection

Regulators found ribs in Wal-Mart's warehouse there were from "diseased pigs," according to state media.

SHANGHAI — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it has removed some frozen pork products from the shelves of one of its stores in China after government inspectors deemed the items were not safe.

 

During an inspection in January, regulators in Dazhou, a city in the southwestern Sichuan Province, found pork ribs in Wal-Mart’s warehouse there were from “diseased pigs,” the state-run China Daily reported, citing local media.

“We would like to reassure our customers that the mention that the local Administration of Food and Animal Husbandry made to a frozen pork product in the Dazhou store referred to an incident in January 2012. The product was immediately removed from our shelves in that store, and we have discontinued supply of that product,” Wal-Mart China said in an emailed statement.

“Since January, we continue to be in close contact with the Dazhou Government on such matters and are committed to providing our customers with quality products at highly affordable prices,” the statement said.

In October 2011, government officials in Chongqing alleged the retailer was mislabeling ordinary pork as organic. Wal-Mart’s chief executive officer and senior vice president for human resources resigned in the wake of the scandal.

Greg Foran, former senior vice president for Wal-Mart International, recently relocated to China to serve as the retailer’s new president and chief executive officer for the company’s operations on the mainland.