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The Genuine Cheese Consumer - Rip off!

12 November 2011, 07:45

Genuine Dairy Cheese Customer’s and Consumers are being totally “RIPPED OFF” financially and health wise once again. Likewise should best be extremely concerned and wary as to what they have been or are consuming.

A few tips to take into consideration when purchasing or consuming genuine dairy cheese products.

There is also NO LAW or legislation requiring manufacturers to have accurate traceability and or dates on individual cheese product labels by retailers and other outlets etc  in South Africa.  This according to the Department of Agriculture Director APIS division and apparently agreed to by the States Attorney’s Office recently. Whether it be for Local or imported products. This Legislation / ruling is currently being appealed.

As much as some Manufacturers do advertise these dates and traceability. Many retailers and outlets are obliterating this information with their own stickers to horrendously deceive and mislead customers and consumers as to” truth” regarding the products longevity.

Cheese sections or wedges cut from large rounds or blocks by Retailers and other outlet/s  in store. Do not have to contain any accurate traceability or any other criteria on these individual smaller blocks or wedges, according to Department of Health Legislation. Whether local or imported product. This DOH Legislation is also being appealed.  DAFF have stated they do not legislate on products cut and wrapped in store by the various stores or outlets etc.

This opens the door to extreme abuse of customers and consumers financially and health wise, by all whom supply them. As the products can be /are left on shelves, for as long as the seller desires. Re dated and re priced as and when they desire. With scant and utter disregard for the FSQA of the products or the customer’s /consumer’s health or finances.

Therefore, the next time you consume a genuine dairy cheese product that looks strange, tastes strange etc. Be very wary and or concerned as to what you may actually be consuming or intend to consume.

Do Not merely return suspect products for refunds and “hand outs” from the supplier. This negates your claim against the supplier.  It does NOT stop the abuse. Seal and refrigerate the product and report the matter to your nearest DAFF or DOH or NCC/CPA office immediately.

Note: Cheese does have a best before date and expiry date. It is a fallacy to believe that cheese matures with age. Yes it does mature, but under strict conditions and packaging criteria for a certain period.

DAFF – APIS division and the DAFF FSQA division have admitted they conduct minimal testing of products to ascertain if the product is Compliant with their Legislation. They have indicated they do not to full and comprehensive testing and analysis of products.  DAFF have also stated they do not concern themselves with sell by dates, best before dates or consume by dates. That is and or indicated on products packaging.

The Department of Health (DOH) have also stated they do Not do comprehensive testing and analysis of products. They do also not concern themselves with sell by dates, best before dates and use by dates. That is and or indicated on products packaging.

The additional information you see on packaging and wrappers is voluntary.

Note: Cheese products like most dairy products are extremely susceptible to contamination. Such as E-Coli, etc.  Which are extremely dangerous to one’s health to say the least. Should they not produced or handled in extremely hygienic mannerism/conditions at all times.  The following links will prove this.

http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/kwazulu-natal/chain-stores-cheap-cheese-returned-1.1174540

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/8879416/22-tons-of-Irish-cheddar-to-be-destroyed-because-of-E.coli.html

The problem is as much as this consignment was intercepted/ impounded. How many other consignments have slipped through?

As the DAFF and DOH have stated they DO NOT have the resources, Human or otherwise to combat this horrendous and dire situation. That is NOT limited to cheese products. In fact they have indicated they are “fighting a losing battle”.

FINAL TIP:  There is also a major influx of ANALOGUE cheese aka as IMITATION cheese. That contains NO Dairy, or miniscule traces if it does. Flooding onto the South African Market, which are being labelled , marketed and sold as Genuine Dairy Cheese product/s by unscrupulous retailers and others. Be very alert to this occurrence. As the imitation ingredients are known to MIMIC genuine dairy very closely and deviously.

Again the DAFF and DOH have indicated they are “fighting and losing battle” to stop this. As per that criteria mentioned above. They do NOT have resources whether human or otherwise.

YET THE COUNTRY IS SCREAMING OUT FOR JOB CREATION!!

Who suffers the ultimate sacrifice because of these inexcusable reasons once again.  Whether financially or health wise.

THE UNSUSPECTING CUSTOMER AND CONSUMER LIKE YOU AND I. UNABATED.

If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.

~Thomas Jefferson

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