Wal-Mart apologizes for duck meat past expiry date in China

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Wal-Mart <WMT.N>, the world's largest retailer, has apologized for selling duck meat past its expiry date in a store in southwest China's Chongqing region, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Saturday.

A store in the Jiulongpo district was caught by a local market regulator selling smoked tea ducks using the meat. The market regulator was tipped off by a consumer late in February, Xinhua said.

Wal-Mart would pay the victims 10 times the price of the ducks as a penalty, the firm told the municipal consumers' association in a statement.

In January, China fined Wal-Mart and France's Carrefour <CARR.PA> supermarket chain for lying about the price of their goods.

(Reporting by Melanie Lee; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)