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Walmart's Latest Chinese Food Scandal: Diluting Ass With Fox

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"We are deeply sorry for this whole affair," said Wal-Mart's China president after the world's largest retailer recalled donkey meat sold at some outlets in China after tests showed the product contained the DNA of other animals - including fox. "It is a deep lesson (for us) that we need to continue to increase investment in supplier management," repeat-offender Wal-Mart added as Reuters reports the tainted "five-spice" donkey meat may mean "wealthy shoppers will start to lose the trust [in Wal-Mart's brand] they had before." Donkey meat is a popular snack in some areas of China, but as one bemused customer noted, oddly, "Isn't fox meat more expensive than donkey meat anyway?"


Via Reuters,

Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's largest retailer, has recalled donkey meat sold at some outlets in China after tests showed the product contained the DNA of other animals, the U.S. company said.


Wal-Mart will reimburse customers who bought the tainted "Five Spice" donkey meat and is helping local food and industry agencies in eastern Shandong province investigate its Chinese supplier, it said late on Wednesday in official posts on China's Twitter-like Weibo. The Shandong Food and Drug Administration earlier said the product contained fox meat.


The scandal could dent Wal-Mart's reputation for quality in China's $1 trillion food and grocery market where it plans to open 110 new stores in the next few years.




This is another hit on Wal-Mart's brand, meaning wealthy shoppers will start to lose the trust they had before," said Shaun Rein, Shanghai-based managing director of China Market Research (CMR) Group. CMR estimates Wal-Mart's market share fell from 7.5 percent to 5.2 percent over the last three years.


Donkey meat is a popular snack in some areas of China




"We are deeply sorry for this whole affair," said Wal-Mart's China president and CEO, Greg Foran. "It is a deep lesson (for us) that we need to continue to increase investment in supplier management."


The U.S. retailer has had a troubled past in China. In 2011, China fined Wal-Mart, along with Carrefour, a combined 9.5 million yuan ($1.57 million) for manipulating product prices. Wal-Mart was also fined that year in China for selling duck meat past its expiry date.




"Isn't fox meat more expensive than donkey meat anyway?" asked one bemused user.

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Thu, 01/02/2014 - 09:58 | 4292894 zerozulu
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FOX is always full of "donkeys". but first time "donkey is mixed with "FOX"

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:06 | 4292909 Max Damage
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OK so they have admitted to Fox being in there. SO what are they to afraid to admit is actually in there with it??

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:06 | 4292920 Headbanger
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Fox and dogs have very similar DNA. 


Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:12 | 4292922 hedgeless_horseman
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If you didn't raise it, butcher it, and cook it, then you don't really know what it is that you are eating.

Last weekend, we roasted some of our young cocks in front of the fireplace, and served them with Texas rice and cauliflower from our garden.

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:10 | 4292933 Pladizow
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In a society that is known to eat dog, does this really matter?

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:15 | 4292934 tip e. canoe
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and why is eating a dog any worse than eating a chicken or a lamb or a cow or a donkey or a fox?

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:15 | 4292945 BLOTTO
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The point is - 'they' are lying to us...AGAIN.


Go ahead and eat bat soup, just dont tell us afterwards that the meat is chicken...

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:21 | 4292953 tip e. canoe
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indeed.   but who's "they" and who's "us"?

do these categories have particular societal & cultural characteristics or are they much broader?

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:36 | 4293003 whstlblwr
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"They" are "us"

>A blizzard, a New Year reading list for us…then get busy

Engagement from Scratch! How Super-Community Builders Create a Loyal Audience-- for spreading the word, build your online community.

Sky Burial: An Eyewitness Account of China's Brutal Crackdown in Tibet: examplefor one future

48 Laws of Power: for your banker friends, how to be the best sociopath you can be ( most stolen book in the prison library).

Pharmako/Poeia, Pharmako/Dynamis, Pharmako/Gnosis: “Sometimes the forest person will be sitting in a chair that is really an anaconda, and will ask you if you want to learn. If this happens, just say yes.”

The Guerrilla Guide to How To Fight A Debt Collection Lawsuit (The Guerrilla Guides to the Law): if you want to stick it to the banker, don’t borrow.

Bumping Back, for those who feel left out and want to be on the list. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6681102-bumping-back

Hoke: currency-war suspense. Petroruble!

Doctor Rat: a different view of fredom-- fucking hilarious http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/225699.Doctor_Rat

Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT, for charity, entertaining stories and help the group.

A Book of Surrealist Games: free your mind

Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities: reviews for 1,500 different tools

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 13:14 | 4293504 TruthInSunshine
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Donkey tastes like mutton, and fox tastes like hedgehog.

Any Chinaman knowns this.

Happy New Year, bitchez!

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 15:30 | 4293974 Boris Alatovkrap
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Ass, fox, pussy, any small rodent, just remember shave first before ingest.

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 16:08 | 4294113 TerminalDebt
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I agree, shaved pussy is best

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 13:43 | 4293627 tip e. canoe
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excellent, catalogued for future reference, gracias.

here's one back at ya:


haven't read it yet, but the author's a hoot and a gardener to boot.


Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:51 | 4293040 Tom_333
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Roadkill caaserole...beaver and opossum and raccoon and squirell and...where did I see that. Hmm Simpsons with the irrepressible Cletus feeding his vast horde of off-spring?

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 12:31 | 4293336 Bananamerican
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No thanks..... I'll stick with my Foxy Ass... I'm "gung ho" for that "phat chow"!!!!

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 00:12 | 4295573 mkkby
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What the hell kind of animal is Goofy anyway?

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 12:59 | 4293448 Lost My Shorts
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Exactly ... gather up any dead thing you can find, add five spices to cover up the taste, call it donkey, and the Chinese will eat it.

Probably the five-spice donkey has included some random-burger since the Song dynasty, but prior to bourgeois DNA testing, no one was the wiser.

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 13:36 | 4293598 Miffed Microbio...
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This is why flu viruses can recombine so readily to create nascent lethal forms potentially causing millions of deaths worldwide. Vaccines against these strains probably won't be effective until after many have died. So many different animals living in unsanitary conditions makes for viral heaven. Look for the next world pandemic to originate in this region.


Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:35 | 4293169 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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When you teach a chicken and a cow to fetch my slippers I will eat dog.

Pets are food when the SHTF until then I will think of fido as family not protein.

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 12:28 | 4293334 philosophers bone
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Dogs have personality.  Personality goes a long way.

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 13:42 | 4293617 _SILENCER
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I couldn't eat a carnivore...but I have found in my experience that dogs--not all but most--are slavelike clods that refuse to wash themselves.  As a cute bonus, some of them literally eat feces.

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 16:38 | 4294199 hedgeless_horseman
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I couldn't eat a carnivore

What about fish?

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 12:30 | 4293341 philosophers bone
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Dupe - got excited about Pulp Fiction reference

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:16 | 4292940 BaBaBouy
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Hows About Some Skunk Nuggets To Go Along

With That "Five Spice" donkey meat, Mr. Chow???

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:15 | 4292942 insanelysane
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I'm thinking fox was a cover for humans.  The tests say whatever they are told to say not what actually was.  

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:28 | 4292976 Cruel Aid
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Good God think of the savings! All they have to do is legislate no more testing.

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:00 | 4293057 pods
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Think smaller, and more legs.

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:01 | 4293068 Colonel Klink
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Soylent Chink?

Yeah I said it!

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:21 | 4293127 Ignatius
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Don't say 'chinks', say 'chinese restaurant'.

'Chinks' is bigoted.

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:27 | 4293135 Colonel Klink
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Yeah I'm sorry us krauts don't have a filter.  I should correct it to Soylent Yellow.


Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:33 | 4293160 Ignatius
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You're a square head?  Me too.

Should have guessed from your name.

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:34 | 4293174 Colonel Klink
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I'm not square, I've been told I'm pretty hip.

What are you raycis or somethin?

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:39 | 4293182 Ignatius
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Here's the reference (short clip):


Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:59 | 4293192 Colonel Klink
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Hadn't seen that before.  I thought you were going to reference "square heads".  I've never heard the term before.  I must have cabbage for brains.

EDIT - http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=squarehead

I'm SO offended!  Oh wait, I'm not.  I'm not a thin skinned pussy who can't take a little raysizm.  I'm an equal opportunity offender.  Doesn't change how I treat individuals.

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:25 | 4292962 Seasmoke
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So what about your Wiz Chicken Plucker ???

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:30 | 4292981 hedgeless_horseman
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It will pluck three chickens clean in under ten seconds.  Anyone can build a Whizbang chicken plucker!

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:56 | 4293053 Hulk
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* No chickens were actually harmed during these pluckings !!!

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 13:40 | 4293621 Overfed
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Thanks for the link. I've been kinda curious about building a plucker.

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:34 | 4292999 CheapBastard
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Chicken Processed In China May Begin Showing Up In U.S.





Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:54 | 4293050 vxpatel
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another reason to avoid all processed foods, especially meat. there is no telling what these corrupt companies will use as ingredients to increase profits.

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:05 | 4293077 Colonel Klink
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Makes you wonder if that shank you get from Smithfield foods is actually pork!

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:29 | 4293151 pods
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Just look for "Long Pig" on the label.


Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:31 | 4293165 Colonel Klink
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I thought it may be labeled "Junk in the trunk roast" for the Amurikan marketplace.

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 00:16 | 4295584 mkkby
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Did you think those floating pig carcasses went to waste?  You know some company bought them cheap, then found a way to hide them in some processed food product. 

I'd be very wary of suasages, spam or any kind of mystery meat.  Unless you are like Hedgeless and you grow your own.

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 14:14 | 4293739 akak
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Ah, ah, there go those Chinese 'asian' Citizenism citizens, blobbing-up the carnivory offuscational means once again, same story as always.  Wokking the dog and calling it an ass. Made me laugh.

But hey, when the Chinese citizenism fox is guarding the henhouse, might as well consumptionalize the cat is out of the bag and call it a hypocritizenistic job well done.

Alas, alas, five spice donkeys alas, just have to (eat) bear with it.

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 14:37 | 4293810 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Alas, alas, three gorges clogged by river pigs alas, Chinese citizenism offuscational denialry has served well onto this point, but limitions of capacitance are reaching precipitously. While General Tso woks his dog, kittens are coming home to roast.

The last Chinese citizenism citizen on Earth could be a parangon of one's own genre, denying that the crusty bits he eats from a lizard tail are reptilicious.

But hey, history, ethics, idealism, mettle. All is flexible, and tasty with a spicy ginger sauce, in Chinese citizenism.

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 14:52 | 4293871 akak
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Ah, ah, butt as Confucious say, "a journey of a thousand roadside squattings begins with a single wokked dog in spicy ginger sauce."

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 20:52 | 4295011 StychoKiller
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I swear, if you two would dress up like coolees, you would have one helluva comedy routine! :>D

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 21:00 | 4295042 akak
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Abbot and Costerro, or Rauler and Haldy?

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