Wal-Mart executives will meet officials from China’s Food and Drug Administration this month to again urge the agency to step up inspections of all food sellers, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The Chinese authorities have fined Wal-Mart Stores Inc. US$9.8 million in the last three years for various infractions, including misleading pricing and selling donkey meat that turned out to be fox, the report said. The retailer responded by increasing testing and inspections, but also told the Chinese authorities they need to clean up their own act, it said. In the US and most other countries, manufacturers have the biggest responsibility for product quality but in China, the manufacturers “aren’t accountable. We’re accountable,” the report quoted Greg Foran, Wal-Mart’s China chief, as saying. And regulators rarely call out local retailers for faulty products or food-safety problems, the report said.
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