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October 11, 2011

 

China shuts Chongqing Walmart stores over sham organic pork 
 

 

Authorities in southwest China have closed a number of Walmart stores after they were found to be selling pork falsely labelled as organic, according to media reports on Monday (Oct 10).

 

Investigators found 10 Walmart stores and two Trust-Mart outlets owned by the US company in the mega-city Chongqing had been selling regular pork as the more costly organic pork for 20 months, China News Service said.

 

Some employees have been detained and the stores have been ordered to pay more than RMB2.69 million (US$420,000) in fines and repayments from illegal gains, it said.

 

The stores were ordered on Sunday to close for 15 days, said Christina Lee, a Beijing-based spokeswoman for Walmart.
 

"We believe the closure has come about as a result of a recent investigation in some of our stores in Chongqing due to the 'green pork' incident by which the rights of consumers were infringed," she said.

 

"We have fully cooperated with the investigation and focused upon the fastest implementation of corrections suggested" by the local government, Lee said.

 

Walmart opened its first stores in Chongqing in 2006 and has so far been punished 21 times for problems including selling food past its expiry date and false advertising, Chinese News Service said.

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