American supermarket Wal-Mart has been expanding their efforts overseas and even have stores in China now. Since this new move, Wal-Mart has to consider new food safety regulations to keep up their food safety standards. After many food scares in their stores, Wal-Mart is deciding to increase their food safety spending as to ensure the benefit of the products.
The American company came to this conclusion after receiving news that fox meat was found in the packages labeled as “Five Spice” donkey meat in January. Previous food safety scares at China’s Wal-Mart also include the mislabeling of regular pork as organic in 2011 and the discovery of hazardous chemicals in sesame oil and squid in 2012.
After discussions, Wal-Mart is increasing their food safety spending to $48.2 million between 2013 and 2015. That is a difference $32.2 million since the previous spending period ($16 million total last period).
As some of you may know, China track record for fraud in the past years has not been at its best. In 2014, authorities arrested 900 people for using fox, mink and rat meat as ‘mutton’. In 2008, 54,000 infants got sick and six died after drinking baby formula tainted with industrial chemicals. Another recent scandal involved rice tainted with cadmium, a cancer-causing heavy metal. Other food safety scares include rivers full of dead pigs and reports that one-fifth of China’s farmland is polluted.
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