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Wal-Mart's donkey meat in China contains fox meat, Five Spice recalled

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Wal-Mart Stores is recalling donkey meat from some China stores after tests showed the meat contained the DNA of other animals.

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Wal-Mart will give 50 yuan (approximately $8.25) to customers who bought the "Five Spice" donkey meat, and it is boosting its own DNA testing for meat products sold in China stores. Authorities in eastern Shandong province announced in late December that the retailer's product contained fox meat.

The donkey meat is sold in only two Wal-Mart stores in Jinan, the capital of Shandong. The company is working with authorities to investigate the product and its manufacturing process and the retailer may take legal action against its supplier.

Last year officials in the southern city of Nanning accused the company of using expired eggs in baked goods and the issue was resolved. The company also is working with government officials in China to ensure food manufacturers also monitor product safety as that oversight currently falls predominantly on the retailer.

Wal-Mart has heightened its food-safety practices in China since a scandal in which officials in the southwestern city of Chongqing accused it of mislabeling regular pork as more-expensive organic meat. The incident led to the temporary closure of 13 stores, the arrest of two employees, the detention of 35 others and a fine of 3.65 million yuan ($575,000).

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