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China: Wal-Mart apologises for mislabelled pork

Date: 11 Oct 2011

Photo outside a WalMex store

Wal-Mart sold pork that was falsely advertised as organic, according to the local government in Chongqing. Thirteen of the company's stores have been temporarily closed and some of its employees have been arrested.

Wal-Mart said that it was taking steps to ensure no recurrence of the mis-selling, and has apologised to customers affected.

The revelation came after a period where there had been several incidences of pork products contaminated with an illegal additive, a fact which would have increased the appeal of the 'organic' label. As things currently stand in China, there is no reliably robust organic certification system.

China has been one of Wal-Mart's fastest growing markets, with nearly 350 stores across the country and new stores opening at a rapid rate.

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