Walmart Investigates Claims of Spoiled Meat in China Store

BENTONVILLE, AR -- Walmart International is responding to allegations that one of its Chinese stores sold expired meat. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal's Market Watch website, a Walmart employee claims a store in southeast China served expired chicken to customers to cut down on costs.

The world's largest retailer says, after learning of the report, it immediately sent an investigative team to the store to address the alleged issue.

Walmart International sent the following statement to KNWA & FOX 24 on Friday, August 8:

"Since we became aware of the media report yesterday, we immediately sent a cross-functional investigation team with a number of professionals to the store to investigate the issues reported."

"We are comfortable saying, based upon this inspection, that none of the alleged activities exists in the store today. Food safety has been Walmart's top priority. The company has strict procedures and regulations on food management in place, and we require our stores and all employees to strictly follow the company's policy. Our expectations are that we use high-quality food materials that meet national standards in food making or processing. We also invite the independent third party agencies to perform monthly surprise onsite inspections to the stores in the food safety management. Walmart will not tolerate any violations."

"At the same time we completed our initial investigation, we also have cooperated fully with local AIC and other authorities to probe into the case. If we find any violation, we will take immediate actions to redress it."

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