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Wal-Mart China Temporarily Shuts 7 Stores Amid Mislabeling Probe

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, was ordered to halt operations at seven stores in southwest China as the local government investigates accusations that it mislabeled some pork products as organic.

Wal-Mart closed the stores in Chongqing for 15 days starting yesterday after being ordered by the city’s industry and commerce administration, Anthony Rose, a Hong Kong-based company spokesman, said by phone today. Some employees have been detained, the company said in an e-mailed statement.