The Nicaraguan affiliate of Walmart rejected Friday the complaint by a consumer group that said the retail giant is selling expired food in this country.
“In the year 2013 we had more than 40 reviews (of our supermarkets in Nicaragua), and the authorities never said that we had expired products,” the manager of Corporate Affairs at Walmart for Mexico and Nicaragua, Eduardo Garcia, told Efe.
Leaders of the Consumer Defense Institute, or Indec, met in front of the Walmart-owned supermarket Pali with products they said were recently bought there and that were apparently expired.
The Walmart executive in Nicaragua cast doubt on Indec’s claims.
“What caught our attention is the fact that we’ve never had a formal complaint from them. At the end of 2012 we asked them to inform our personnel, but we never received a reply from them as we do from the authorities,” Garcia said.
Walmart supermarkets have a follow-up system that guarantees that every product will be removed from the shelves or product displays before the expiration date or when the authorities require it, he said.
Walmart has 81 stores in Nicaragua.