Chicken or beef?

2013-04-14 06:00

Today, City Press reveals more than 80 meat products that contain, among others, donkey and water buffalo meat.

Products from big retailers Shoprite, Pick n Pay and Spar are on the list.

The revelation that unusual species had ended up in common meat products caused a row last month, but until now the names of the products involved have remained a secret.

But a successful access-to-information application by Media24 Investigations resulted in the records of the tests being released to City Press this week.

Nearly 60% of the products tested included the DNA of species (including donkey, water buffalo, goat and pork, among others) not listed on the food labels.

Some of the shocking examples are:

» In one case, a product sold as ostrich patties also contained beef, pork, sheep and chicken

» “Quality braai wors” also contained pork, donkey, sheep and chicken, none of which were declared to consumers

» Cheese beef burgers also contained the DNA of water buffalo, sheep and chicken

Buy City Press on Sunday, April 14, for the full details, including the responses from retailers.

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