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Mystery Meat Scandals Spread As Donkey Meat Discovered in South African Burgers

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February 27, 2013 in World News


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Many people are concerned about their diet and food quality of late, more would be concerned if they knew that food fraud instances have skyrocketed. Horsemeat discoveries in the UK and admissions by Burger King and others have led to shocking revelations about inferior quality ingredients.
The scandal has gone global as it becomes harder to feed livestock due to costs and inflation.
“Alternative meat” has now been found in South Africa.
This Telegraph article really ought to say everything you need to know about the mystery meat scandals and food fraud.

More than two thirds of meat products tested contained undeclared ingredients, according to a recent research study, prompted by revelations about food production in Europe.

“Our study confirms that the mislabeling 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 animal sciences professor Louw Hoffman.

“Unconventional species such as donkey, goat and water buffalo were also discovered in a number of products,” said Hoffman in a statement on the university website.

Up to 68 per cent of 139 meat samples from shops and butcheries had irregular ingredients, the DNA-based study found, with pork and chicken most often substituted for other meat.

Researchers even found plant matter in the minced meat, burger patties, sausages and deli and dried meat.

A lack of tough policing had facilitated the practice, said Hoffman.

“Even though we have local regulations that protect consumers from being sold falsely described or inferior foodstuffs, we need these measures to be appropriately enforced.”

A vast food scandal has erupted in Europe after horsemeat was found in so-called beef ready-made meals and burgers.

Source: AFP

Our prediction: Major meat scandal coming in the United States, probably of the mystery meat variety, or possibly related to radiation or sanitation.

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