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Chinese Supermarket Tries To Pass Off Fox Meat As Donkey Meat

And you thought horse meat posing as beef was bizarre...

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Chinese branches of Wal-Mart have been forced to recall batches of donkey meat after they were found to contain fox.

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Local news reports say a man surnamed Wang bought 1,600 boxes of what he thought was donkey meat, but found it smelled strange.

He sent the product to a testing institute, which confirmed it was fox meat.

The supermarket initially said it suspected Wang of trying to extort money.

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Donkey meat is a popular snack, but fox meat, a by-product of the fur trade, is far cheaper (it sells for about 70p a kilo).

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It gives off an unpleasant fishy smell, and can be dangerous to humans because of parasites.

Wal-Mart operates more than 400 stores in China. It's competing with a number of market leaders including Tesco.

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We are deeply sorry for this whole affair. It is a deep lesson that we need to continue to increase investment in supplier management.