Product recalled after it is discovered to contain fox meat
Walmart has recalled the "Five Spice Donkey Meat" sold in some of its stores in China after the government's DNA test results showed that the meat contained fox meat. This incident is just one example of the problem with meat products in China.
In late December 2013, Shandong Province government officials announced that test results showed that the donkey meat contained fox meat and then ordered the product recall. There was actually no donkey meat at all in the product. Walmart said it will refund 50 yuan (about 8.25 US dollars) to compensate each customer who bought the donkey meat. It will also conduct DNA testing on other meat products sold at its stores. The manufacturer of the tainted donkey meat has been shut down and the owner has been detained by authorities. The punishment could be a prison term of up to 5 years, or it could even be the death penalty.
Although Walmart's action appears to be appropriate, the 50 yuan in compensation is actually too low according to China's food safety laws, said Lee In Jie, a Chinese consumer advocate based in Henan. By law, the compensation should be 10 times the original amount. Lee said an ordinary consumer does not have the resources to ask for proper compensation and it is too costly to sue.
According to Shanghai's Chinese Business News, it is already an open secret that meat of farm-raised animals, including sables, camels and foxes that are raised for furs, are used as a substitute for other meat products in restaurants and by meat product manufacturers. The profit margin is very high. These substitute meats are excellent for making meat balls, cured meats, and sausages.