Who could forget the devastating Fort McMurray wildfires of 2016. More than 80,000 residents were forced from their homes and the damage topped $8 billion. Aside from the town's physical damage, it turns out a little bit of reputation damage was done as well, just ask Walmart Canada.
Walmart has been ordered to pay a fine after not complying with an order by Alberta Health Services. They were caught selling food items which had been contaminated by the 2016 wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta and it sounds horrible.
Walmart Canada pleads guilty to 10 charges of selling contaminated food after Fort McMurray wildfire: https://t.co/1SJvhj0Nso— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) October 1, 2018
Following the fires, Alberta Health Services announced any food that had been exposed to the wildfires would be considered damaged. Due to things like unsafe temperatures, smoke, ash, soot, fire retardants, water and loss of power. Any food inside of the Walmart should have been thrown out. However, that wasn't the case apparently.
The Walmart was caught selling things like pop, candy, potato chips beans and condiments which were contaminated. Originally, they were facing 174 charges. However, that number has now been reduced to 10. They're being ordered to pay a $20,000 fine for their negligence.
Along with paying the fine, Walmart decided to donate $130,000 to the Red Cross. They wanted to make it clear that customer health and safety is their top priority.
Clearly embarrassed, Walmart is assuring customers they have learned from their mistake.
On a side note, if you're in the Fort McMurray area and have had smoke-flavoured candy from Walmart lately, I guess you just learned why. Bleh.