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Meat scandal blown out of proportion?

There's a social media crisis over the recent meat labeling scandal.

Twitter is blowing up a storm over the recent #meatscandal.

Some people are literally threatening to become vegatarians -

Veshlin Pillay @VESHLIN It's times like these I consider becoming a vegetarian #meatscandal'

... whilst others are not bothered at all

Lauren Cohen @laurencohen Quelle horreuer! Just found grains of soil on my @picknpay corriander! #MeatScandal get over yourselves people! Ffs.

The recent article by names the supermarkets from the University of Stellenbosch survey that took place earlier this year.

Some of us think that there could much ado about nothing, whilst others are appalled.


The fact is, there were tiny traces of things like donkey found. It's also becoming clear that most findings were more about improper labeling and not contamination.

The supermarkets have suggested that there is cross-contamination via meat saws, utensils and chopping boards and Shoprite CEO Whitey Basson told the newspaper there was not "intentional adulteration to mislead consumers".

"Basson said some of the findings did not make sense.

"No butcher in his right mind would intentionally add a small percentage of lamb, which costs more per kilogram, to a pure beef sausage, which is cheaper." 

PicknPay food director Peter Arnold said the quantities of undeclared animal products found in the Stellenbosch study were "minute".

So we ask you, our most honest readers, do you think we're overreacting - Vote yes or no?

Please share your vote with us below and comment in the comment box to share your opinion...

Some interesting tweets from #meatscandal:

Junaid Junz' Khan @Junz_Khan
Just read #MeatScandal Article. Not disgusted, its worrying specially for the ethics n religious grounds. Wonder what Halaal meats contain?

Bruce Cooper @BruceRelates
Although small percentages are caused by cross-contamination, in some cases it could be substantial, Professor Hoffman said. #meatscandal

Zithulele Sibanyoni @IamWiseman
@reditlhabi On a serious note though, if you are going to mix and match for whatever reason. Let the consumer know. #meatscandal

Are the South African public overracting?


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