Substitute meat 'commonplace' in South Africa food supply chain

27 February 2013

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27 February 2013 | Adam Leach

Donkey, goat and water buffalo meat has been detected in a range of meat products tested by researchers at Stellenbosch University.

The study, published in the journal Food Control, found a variety of non-advertised meats within burger patties, deli meats, sausages and dried meats that were tested. The study analysed 139 different products and found “fraudulent meats” in up to 68 per cent of the samples.

Professor Louw Hoffman from the department of animal sciences at Stellenbosch, who worked on the study, said it showed mis-labelling of meat was “commonplace” across South Africa. He also raised concerns over potential economic, religious ethical and health consequences as a result of the findings.

The results of the study showed that soya and gluten were found in 28 per cent of the samples, chicken in 23 per cent and pork in 37 per cent. Less common meats, such as donkey and goat, were also discovered in a range of the tested produce.

The news comes after food manufacturers, processors and retailers from across Europe became embroiled in a scandal over the discovery of traces of meat such as horse and pork in a range of products purported to be something else.

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