Fox-tainted Donkey Meat

Recalled from Wal-mart stores in China

Remember when horsemeat was found in IKEA's meatballs last February? Or when a fatal fungus threatened to destroy bananas globally? Well, just two days into 2014, Wal-mart stores in China have recalled “Five Spice” donkey meat after tests revealed it contains fox DNA

This is disconcerting news because donkey meat (without fox meat in it) is actually popular in China, relatively speaking. In 2011, China slaughtered 2.4 million donkeys, according to country's livestock industry yearbook. 

Wal-Mart, which operates more than 400 facilities in China, refunded those who may have purchased the tainted meat when the Shandong Food and Drug Administration earlier said the product contained the DNA of other animals. The company is now investigating the Chinese supplier and hopes to create more stringent food safety regulation overseas.

We wonder: What does the fox say about all this?



Six hundred people in various swimwear—including Speedos, string bikinis, and Viking costumes—participated in the Polar Plunge, which is sponsored by the L Street Brownies Swimming Club. The National Weather Service reports that the tempertature during this frigid baptism was 24 degrees.

“The air is so much warmer after you’ve been in there. It’s just great! It’s awesome!” one swimmer told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens.

The event is a New Year's tradition and has been held every year since 1904. Also, there is no charge to participate. Money raised from T-shirt sales and hot chocolate was donated to the South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund and to the youth hockey association.

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