Wal-Mart has pulled donkey meat off the shelves from stores in China after government tests found that it contained fox meat.
Wall Street Journal reports:
The retailer said Thursday it will provide 50 yuan, or roughly $8.25, compensation to customers who bought the “Five Spice” donkey meat, and it is boosting DNA testing for meat products sold in its China stores. Authorities in China’s eastern Shandong province said in late December that the retailer’s product contained fox meat.
Donkey meat is considered a delicacy in many parts of China. Shanghaiist’s Food Editor Benjamin Cost previously explained that the meat boasts several nutritional perks–it’s low fat, low cholesterol, high in protein and its skin gelatin ejiao is believed to have beautifying properties.
An ancient Chinese adage says: “In heaven there is dragon meat, on earth there is donkey meat,” implying that donkey meat is unfortunately the best meat you’ll find on earth. On the flipside, it is “the best meat you’ll find on earth.”
Unfortunately not at the two Wal-Mart stores in Jinan, the capital of Shandong, where the tainted donkey meat was being sold. The retailer said on Thursday that Dzehou Fujude Food Co. Ltd., had produced and provided the fox-donkey meat and that Dezhou officials have been placed under criminal detention.
The incident “has provided a deep lesson that we need to continue to increase investment in supplier management,” Wal-Mart’s China chief, Greg Foran was quoted as saying.
The news follows a string of food scandals from China this past year including rat meat being passed off as lamb and cat meat posing as rabbit *shiver*. Luckily, our Food Editor compiled a list detailing the most disturbing of them all to keep you on your toes.
[Image Credit: Benjamin Cost]