‘Green’ Food Being Sold at Walmart China Not So Green
Walmart stores in Chongqing, China were found selling regular food labeled as green food at high prices. Several cases of food malpractices by Walmart stores have come to light in last five years in China.
Last month the Chongqing Administration for Industry & Commerce (CAIC) conducted an investigation into Walmart stores in Chongqing and found that three of them might be selling regular pork as “green pork.”
According to CAIC, from January 2010 to August 2011, the ten Walmart stores in Chongqing purchased 25,143 kg of green pork but sold 84,192 kg of it—a discrepancy of 59,049 kg (133,000 pounds). And when pork was labeled “green,” the price was double.
Walmart stores have also been fined on 20 occasions over the last five years for selling expired foods, substandard goods, and advertising falsely; they have been fined on eight occasions this year alone.
Mr. Jiang from Qijiang County, Chongqing, informed The Epoch Times on Sept. 29 that green pork comes from pigs that are fed with cooked pigweed and corn and is high in cost. “Regular pork comes from pigs fed with feeds. Ordinary people can’t tell the difference between green and regular pork.”
Mr. Liu from Chongqing complained that businessmen in China focus too much on profits without considering proper ethics. “The consumers are always the unlucky ones,” he said.
Professor Zheng Fengtian, Ph.D. in Economics and currently Vice Dean of School of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development of Renmin University of China posted on his blog that the Walmart incident brings the problem of phony green foods to the surface. Consumers buy pricy certified products because they don’t trust general food, but then the green victuals also end up being fake.
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