Walmart was quick to deny accusations of lax safety monitoring and product approval leveled at the giant retailer by China’s government-controlled television broadcaster CCTV.
The state-run CCTV commands China’s largest TV viewership and negative comments about a foreign enterprise such as Walmart could have a major impact on retail sales.
Specifically, the charges claimed that Walmart bypassed quality, trade and food manufacturing permit procedures and has been working with unlicensed vendors since 2006, according to The Wall Street Journal online.
In support of its claim, CCTV said it reviewed more than 200 Walmart documents indicating that managers “signed off” on more than 600 unlicensed products.
In a statement issued by Walmart in rebuttal to the charges against it, the world’s largest retailer in terms of sales said, “Quality, compliance and food safety…are very important to us and to our customers.”
Recently, however, some Chinese Walmart stores issued a recall for its donkey meat product which was said to contain DNA indicating the presence of fox meat.
Without explaining the fox meat in the donkey meat, the Walmart statement said, “We also remain committed to addressing any issue we come across in a timely manner and sincerely regret the inconvenience and concern this may have caused.
To insure the safety and purity of its food products in China, Walmart last year pledged $16.5 million over three years toward that goal.
Walmart, with more than 400 stores in China, has the country’s third largest retail market share, according to data from market research firm Euromonitor International Megamarkets.