By Benjamin Cost
The world’s number one retail outlet Walmart announced on Tuesday that it has reopened its stores in Chongqing, effectively ending the 15-day forced closure after charges surfaced that they’ve been selling ordinary pork under the more expensive “organic” label.
Now, to demonstrate their transparency in the aftermath of the scandal (which resulted in the detainment of 35 employees and a fine of 2.69 million yuan [$423,000]), the company pledges to enhance their management standards. Wal-mart itself stated:
The company has opened inspection laboratories in each store in the city to improve food management and packaged meat will be clearly labeled to show if it is ‘pollution-free’ or ‘organic.’
But can we really trust a company that’s been penalized by local authorities 21 times in the last 6 years for a multitude of violations which include false advertising and vending expired food and drink?
Ultimately, Walmart’s predicament illustrates that in the recent spate of cutting corners to make an extra mao on food (swill oil, poisoned pork etc.), even the hands of multinational giants prove dirty…in this case, stained with unorganic swine blood.