China Detains Walmart Employees

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CHONGQING, China, Oct. 11 (UPI) — The Chongqing Public Security Bureau in China said police had detained several Walmart employees in connection with a case of fraudulent pricing.

Police did not disclose the number of detained employees, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

A spokesman for the bureau, Pu Jian, said detention is likely to last 20 days, as part of an investigation.

Allegedly, Walmart mislabeled pork as organic, which is more expensive than non-organic pork.

Authorities reportedly have ordered 13 stores closed for 15 days in Chongqing and fined the company $575,000.

Of the stores closed, 11 are Walmart stores, while two are Trust Mart stores, owned by Walmart.

Earlier reports said 12 stores were closed, but officials requested another store close on Monday, the Journal said.

Walmart, the world’s largest retail chain with its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., said it was cooperating with the investigation.

The Journal said Walmart has dispatched several staff members to Chongqing to assist with the investigation.

Walmart operates 328 stores in China, which recorded $7.5 billion in sales in 2010.

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