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Wal-Mart triples spending on food safety in China

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Tuesday it will triple its spending on food safety in China by the end of 2015 after criticism of its operating procedures and a reported mislabeling of donkey meat.

The world’s largest retailer said it will shell out $48.2 million on food safety between 2013 and 2015. That’s nearly three times the $16.1 million it had previously earmarked.

The extra spending will go toward food testing, permits, DNA testing of meat sold in China and supplier audits, said Paul Gallemore, Wal-Mart’s chief compliance officer in China.

Wal-Mart is also adding mobile testing labs to check products more frequently, and is investing in iPads and other technology to improve food safety training for employees.

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Source: http://www.latimes.com Written by Brianna Sacks

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