October 14, 2011
Chinese authorities earlier this week arrested two managers of a Walmart branch in Chongqing city, amid an investigation into mislabelling of pork, according to reports.
Chinese state media said that the depty manager and head of fresh meat products at a Walmart outlet in the city had been arrested, while further 35 Walmart employees and contract workers had been detained.
The arrests come after Walmart was forced to shut down its 13 Chongqing stores earlier in October as police found they were labelling ordinary pork as organic pork, a change that can raise the price of the product three to five times.
The labelling investigation comes after the retailer has already had troubles with Chongqing authorities two times this year. In March, Walmart stores were discovered to be selling expired duck, while in January, the retailer was found to be surcharging on promotional products.