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Wal-Mart Spends $16.3 Million On Food Safety Measures In China

May 9, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it is investing 100 million yuan, or $16.3 million, to improve food-safety management at its retail stores in China. Government officials in that country launched crackdowns on violators of food safety rules following public furor over several well-publicized food safety scandals. Wal-Mart plans to expand mobile food-safety laboratories to manage third-party providers of food-quality tests at 70 stores owned by the company across China's southern Guangdong province. In 2011, Chongqing government officials accused the retailer of mislabeling regular pork products as organic pork, making them more expensive. The incident prompted heightened food safety awareness for Wal-Mart, which also plans to improve employees' food safety training and hire more retail compliance experts.
LAURIE BURKITT, "Wal-Mart Invests $16.3 Million in China Food Safety", Wall Street Journal, May 09, 2013, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc
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