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Donkey mince scandal for SA

Forget about the horsemeat scandal... We've got donkey mince instead.

26 Feb 2013
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Talk about making an ASS out of us!

Surely you've heard about the horsemeat scandal that has hit Europe? Well it was just a matter of time until someone tested the meat here in South Africa.

According to Fin24:

"The study found that anything from soya, donkey, goat and water buffalo were to be found in up to 68% of the 139 minced meats, burger patties, deli meats, sausages and dried meats that were tested. In other cases, even undeclared plant matter was detected".

These ingredients were not declared on the products’ packaging labels.

The study was published in the international Food Control journal, and was carried out by Dr Donna-Maree Cawthorn and Professor Louw Hoffman of the Stellenbosch University Department of Animal Sciences, with Harris Steinman of Food & Allergy Consulting & Testing Services in Milnerton.

“Our study confirms that the mislabelling of processed meats is commonplace in South Africa and not only violates food labelling regulations but also poses economic, religious, ethical and health impacts,” said Professor Louw Hoffman of the Department of Animal Sciences.

Hoffman told the Cape Argus the meats had been tested in Joburg, Durban and Cape Town.

To read the full story click here.

What is the world coming to?


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