Contaminated meat suppliers could face jail

2013-04-15 09:02

Suppliers involved in the country’s meat labelling scandal could face fines or time in jail.

“In terms of the Consumer Protection Act, there are severe repercussions for these suppliers,” trade and industry spokesman Sidwell Medupe told The Citizen newspaper today.

Under the act, it was an offence for anyone to alter, obscure, falsify, remove or omit a displayed price, labelling or trade description without authority.

Punishment included fines of up to R10 million or 10 years in prison.

A University of Stellenbosch study recently found that nearly 60% of 139 products tested contained ingredients which were not listed on their labels, including donkey, water buffalo, goat and pork.

City Press revealed yesterday that popular supermarkets including PicknPay, Shoprite, Fruit and Veg City, Woolworths and Spar have been identified as stocking incorrectly labelled meat products.

A Consumer Commission report into the meat labelling scandal would be made public within three months, The Citizen reported.

Consumer Goods Council of SA food safety head Ronel Burger said the council was convinced that the contamination was limited to DNA traces.

“Our members have nothing to hide,” she said.

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