METRO Statement for Shanghai Youzilang Criminal Case

2015-07-16 22:31 3791

SHANGHAI, July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Regarding the recent media reporting of Shanghai Youzilang Co., Ltd. Criminal case of faking hygiene certificates, METRO China releases a statement as below:

METRO China withdrew all the Youzilang products from all stores across the country on Aug. 29, 2014 when we received notification from CIQ that Youzilang was suspected of criminal action of faking administrative documents and certificates. METRO has also proactively cooperated with CIQ during the investigation of this case, including collecting and providing all related documents and proof.

Meanwhile, we reserve the rights to take legal actions towards Youzilang. It is a severe economic crime of faking administrative documents and certificates on purposes, and we condemn the criminal actions of the Youzilang employees which are totally intolerable.

As the supplier for many key events in China, including the Beijing Olympic Games, Shanghai World Expo, Guangzhou Asian Games and APEC, METRO is the only wholesaler in China with all stores to operate in accordance with HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) standards to ensure that the processes of receiving, processing, storing and selling goods are hazard-free.

We will further strengthen processes and procedures for selecting and auditing suppliers, and will fully cooperate with relevant government organizations to effectively monitor any possible illegal conduct of suppliers.

About METRO Cash & Carry

METRO Cash & Carry is represented in 26 countries with over 750 self-service wholesale stores. With a headcount of about 117,000 employees worldwide, the wholesale company achieved sales of about EUR31 billion in the financial year 2013/2014. METRO Cash & Carry is a sales division of METRO GROUP.  METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most important international retailing companies. In the financial year 2013/14 it generated sales of around EUR63 billion. The company operates around 2,200 stores in 30 countries and has a headcount of around 250,000 employees. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands that operate independently in their respective market segments: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry - the international leader in self-service wholesale - Media Markt and Saturn - the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing - Real hypermarkets and Galeria Kaufhof department stores. 

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Profile of METRO China

In 1996, METRO Cash & Carry, the international leader in self-service wholesale, opened its first wholesale store in the international metropolis of Shanghai. The company was among the first to gain permission from the China Central Government to set up chain operations in all major cities in China. Over the last decade, the company has set its foot already in 57 cities with 82 outlets in operation in China. With a headcount of over 12,000 employees, the wholesaler is serving more than 4 million buying customers across the country.

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Source: METRO China