Walmart recalls donkey meat in China

Employees stand in front of the entrance to a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Chongqing. China, in this...

Employees stand in front of the entrance to a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Chongqing. China, in this October 24, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

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, Last Updated: 10:22 AM ET

Walmart has pulled donkey meat off the shelves in China after testing showed it contained fox meat.

It's a blow to the U.S.-based Walmart, which is hoping to enter the lucrative grocery store market in China, Reuters reported Thursday.

Customers who bought the tainted donkey meat -- a popular snack in some areas of China -- will be reimbursed, the company said, and it has opened an investigation into the supplier.

"It is a deep lesson (for us) that we need to continue to increase investment in supplier management," Walmart China president and CEO Greg Foran said in a statement.

In China, consumers are sensitive to tainted food stories following the tainted milk scandal and recycled "gutter oil" used for cooking.

Shaun Rein of the Shanghai-based China Market Research Group told Reuters this recall "is another hit on Walmart's brand, meaning wealthy shoppers will start to lose the trust they had before."


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