Walmart settles widfire claims

Walmart has averted a month-long trial in Alberta for selling food contaminated by the Fort McMurray wildfire in May of last year.

Alberta Health Services had leveled 174 charges against Walmart Canada and four senior managers under the Public Health Act. Walmart Canada and its district loss prevention manager have pleaded guilty in provincial court to the charge that the company failed to ensure the sale of contaminated food or food unfit for human consumption was discontinued and contaminated products removed from the shelves in its Fort McMurray store.

The company and the loss prevention manager have each agreed to pay $20,000 in fines. The company has also agreed to donate $130,000 to the Red Cross, CBC News reports.

The food items in question ranged from chocolate bars, pasta and breakfast cereal to pickles, beef jerky, spices, stuffing mixes, vinegar, salad dressings and yeast. The company acknowledged that it failed to remove the contaminated items from the store prior to re-opening following the fire.

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