After the scandal a few months before, American chain Wal-Mart are seeking to strengthen their supermarket food safety standards in China. By boosting profitability by 40%, Wal-Mart chief executive Scott Price hopes that it will improve the food safety issues in 400 stores in China.
The most recent scandal that involved China’s Wal-Mart franchise was when it was discovered a supplier used fox meat in their donkey meat products. Tracking back to 2011, there were also a case where Wal-Marts in China was selling expired duck meat at the stores. This forced a supermarket to close after being accused of labelling non-organic pork as organic and selling it at higher price.
Even though China had a few ‘bumps’ on the road, Mr. Price believes with more investments they can set better food safety standards. In June 2014, Wal-Mart announced that they plan to spend nearly US$50 million for these food safety upgrades over the next few years. He also plans to help conduct strategy and international development for the Asia Wal-Mart counterparts.
What makes supermarket food safety so important?
One of the most obvious side affects of bad food safety standards is that it will discourage consumer confidence. This would mean consumers will stop coming to the franchise and also leave a stain in the name. So not only may you cause some of your customers pain (from a foodborne illness) but you will lose
Small business need to consider walking the ‘straight path’ in food safety. Don’t risk cutting corners because if you get caught out, it’s all over.
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