Meat report a wake-up call

The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) describes the recent report by the Stellenbosch University of false labeling of processed meat products “a timely wake-up call that we cannot afford to be complacent on when it comes to compliance with food labelling standards”.

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The study revealed that, among others, donkey, goat, water buffalo and soya beans were to be found in up to 68% of the 139 minced meats, burger patties, deli meats, sausages and dried meats that were tested. The CGCSA cautioned in a statement against tarnishing the reputations of thousands of meat suppliers on the basis of the report. The CGCSA said it was confident that the major retail and quality independent suppliers were committed to ethical and legal meat practices.

“The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa calls on the industry and members to work with regulators to ensure that the supply chain practices are safe and can be trusted by consumers for consumption,” says Ronel Burger, head of the Food Safety Initiative at CGCSA.