* Says step to protect customers against food-borne
* Says suppliers must comply with new standard
* To ensure no extra cost to customers
April 29 Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) said it
would implement additional beef safety measures to protect
customers against food-borne illnesses.
The new program requires Wal-Mart and Sam's Club beef
suppliers to implement controls to reduce potential
contamination levels, the world's biggest retailer said.
Suppliers who do not operate slaughter houses must comply
with the new standard by June 2011, while beef slaughterhouse
suppliers would have a two-step approach, with the first step
to be completed by June 2011 and the second by June 2012,
Wal-Mart and Sam's Club will work with suppliers to ensure
the measures are implemented without additional cost to
customers, it said in a statement.
Shares of Wal-Mart closed at $53.61 Wednesday on the New
York Stock Exchange.
(Reporting by Vidya Lakshmi in Bangalore; Editing by Roshni