Wal-Mart recently pledged to triple food safety spending for 2013-2015 in light of January’s fox-donkey meat scandal. Oh, and the 2012 case that found hazardous chemicals in their squid and sesame oil, and the pork scam in 2011… Could say it’s been a long time coming Wal-Mart.
At the beginning of this year inspectors found fox meat was being added to donkey meat by the local supplier. Wal-Mart’s China chief, Greg Foran was quoted at the time saying the incident “has provided a deep lesson that we need to continue to increase investment in supplier management,” and also promised to boost DNA testing for meat products sold in its China stores. Cringe.
The Washington Post reported:
Wal-Mart is increasing spending on food safety to $48.2 million between 2013 and 2015, three times the $16 million it had previously committed to spending during that period.
The funding will go to additional food testing and supplier audits, Wal-Mart’s China Chief Compliance Officer Paul Gallemore said in a press briefing on Tuesday, adding that Wal-Mart will double its DNA testing on meat products.
“We see this as our future home market” said Mr. Gallemore. The discount retailer based in Bentonville, Ark., plans to add 110 more stores by 2016 to the roughly 400 currently in China.
Yeah, we get it Wal-Mart, you’re now a pioneer for food safety.
Though they’re not the only people whose food products have include a little bit more than what it says on the tin. The most notorious recent case involved lamb hot pot that was really fox, mink and rat. Talk about getting “more” for your money. Gag.
These ceaseless issues are likely due to the fact that over half of “Chinese food processing and packaging firms failed safety inspections in 2011” based on a report by Asia Inspection, and in a WSJ opinion column, Stanley Lubman said:
Americans should be concerned. Food imports from China are on the rise, and according to a 2011 study by Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee, just 2.3 percent of all imported food is inspected by the Food and Drug Administration.
By Sophie Regan