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Chicken warning for consumers

2012-09-12 22:19

Johannesburg - Consumers were warned on Wednesday about the incorrect labelling of some frozen chicken products sold across the country.

The health department said the warning applied to frozen chicken portions, also referred to as "Individually Quick Frozen (IQF)" chicken portions.

Health spokesperson Fidel Radebe said: "The description fails to inform the consumer that the product purchased by them is a composite foodstuff, consisting of chicken portions to which the processor added a brine-based mixture or solution."

The brine-based mixture consisted of water, salt and food additives, including thickeners and flavourants, and was injected into the chicken portions.

Hadebe said in some cases the percentage of the brine-based mixture added to the chicken portions was as high as 30%, of which 29% was water.

He said this negatively affected quality from a nutritional perspective and increased the amount of salt present. Incorrect, or sometimes absent, labelling on the products was not a food safety issue.

"It is considered important that consumers are made aware of the situation regarding the actual contents of these products and to allow them the opportunity to use their discretion when purchasing these products."

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2012-09-12 22:27

    Yuk! Buy fresh and freeze yourself...

      lsfreak - 2012-09-12 22:41

      Fresh/frozen all to add weight to make a little extra. Why not.. This is a country of "The Gravytrain" :D

      jock.black.50 - 2012-09-13 01:17

      Just eat the flippen chicken, really! cant be worse than starving.

      derekneilmaclachlan - 2012-09-13 07:21

      @ josh-black......what a stupid comment.....you really dont care that you are being screwed by large corporations.....each kilo (litre) of water they are adding is costing you plus minus R19-00. They make huge profits out of this and tell the ignorant consumer it improves flavour and tenderness.......what a load of BS

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-13 08:06

      @Isfreak - Chicken & Gravy?

      arthur.hugh - 2012-09-13 08:56

      They should outlaw injecting food like this. Disgusting.

      mlucejko - 2012-09-13 16:23

      The Health Department should be telling everyone which companies are doing this !! Then they will stop !! Or at least we know which companies to avoid !!

      ray.priestley.79 - 2012-09-13 17:02

      Same with bacon-it is that frothy white stuff that comes out when you start frying it.

      shadho.storm - 2012-09-14 00:08

      WHATAs a person that has been complaining to the DoH and DAFF and others for many years. NOT just since the end of 2010. They wont respond to myself but now eventually put this on the net etc. Not that it should not be made public notice long ago and that I have demanded for so long. What Fidel says is heinous but not limited to heinous so say the least if he is quoted correctly.."He said this negatively affected quality from a nutritional perspective and increased the amount of salt present. Incorrect, or sometimes absent, labelling on the products was not a food safety issue". THIS IS NOT A FOOD SAFETY ISSUE? WHAT? First of ALL it is a DIRE Health issue if a product is NOT labeled correctly, honestly and truthfully at ALL TIMES. So informed and educated to purchase or consume can be made. These products have NOT been labeled correctly in abt 20 years and this admitted by the DoH. WHY?? They were only required to labeled correctly since March 2012. WHY? The DoH R 146 NOW PROHIBITS INCORRECTLY LABELING! Its ALSO FRAUD! Yet it continues unabated and not just about IQF chicken pieces/portions. There is ALSO NO SUCH THING AS A GRADE chicken portions. Only Whole birds can be labeled A Grade at this time. Incorrect labels also lead to illegal BAIT MARKETING as well! The actual chicken/flesh content. liquid, additive and chemical content stated on labels is NO guarantee this is truthful. You also need a calculator to work out how much actual meat you may get. WHAT!

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-14 07:02

      Just hope they did not use second hand syringes

      rbphiri - 2012-09-14 11:24

      Another perfect excuse to avoid my ex girl friend's cooking

      shadho.storm - 2012-09-15 23:29

      Hi Squeegee and other bloggers Read the following links for more on this issue. http://www.pmg.org.za/report/20110322-department-agriculture-department-trade-industry-poultry-brine-inject AND THE OFFICIAL recent DoH comment: http://www.doh.gov.za/show.php?id=3717 Finally read this Doh link: http://www.doh.gov.za/show.php?id=3433

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-09-12 22:32

    I will buy mine from Woolworths!

      Jellyarse - 2012-09-12 22:45

      the warning was specifically for product supplied to Woolworths - pre-marinated products!

      Khaedu Ndou - 2012-09-12 22:51

      Trevor Pieterson you killed me, lolest

      yangmanfrom.sawthafriqa - 2012-09-12 22:57

      LoL!!!

      Squeegee - 2012-09-13 07:39

      Woolworths no longer sells white meat...

      stanton.clarke - 2012-09-13 09:40

      Peeps, thanks for seeing the humour in this statement.

  • funeka.madikizela - 2012-09-12 22:43

    it is about time the consumer gets empowered with such information, next up should be declaration of GM status on labels regardless of pros and cons!

      komorison - 2012-09-13 10:42

      Yip, I was waiting to see if GM would come up. All chickens are fed GM food, and if maize, you will be eating that as well in maize products as Monsanto supplies maize seed to SA. Check this out http://m.news24.com/news24/MyNews24/Bill-Gates-owns-your-soul-20120324

  • yangmanfrom.sawthafriqa - 2012-09-12 22:52

    I hope this means less chicken murdering! Yipppie!!!

      Shaakeer Adam Seedat - 2012-09-12 23:00

      these are sickly diseased chickens that will make u sick! its not chicken, its sicken. eat free range! pre-hatched too!

  • gungets.tuft - 2012-09-12 23:33

    Note - this is not all chicken, not even all IQF - it is SUPREME products. There are other ethical producers out there that do not do this. http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/We-do-recycle-chickens-Supreme-20101221 http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Chicken-horror-new-rotten-wings-claim-20101226-2

  • nax.masarwa - 2012-09-12 23:53

    Guys just buy farmers choice. Just saying

  • cameron.mackenzie.18 - 2012-09-13 01:18

    Sensationalist crap. A piece of brined IQF has less salt that a 100g slice of bread or your average tuna fish. Brine (water, flavourant, salt) simply replaces the moisture that the quick freezing process takes out. It makes frozen chicken as tasty - if not tastier - than fresh chicken. As for the weight of the water, compare kilogram for kilogram - fresh vs frozen - at your local supoermarket and you'll see that brined frozen portions are in fact CHEAPER than fresh. Go on - see, check and then decide. Besides, would you *really* take seriously anything 'Fidel' would say? ;)

      gungets.tuft - 2012-09-13 06:45

      Unless it is injected at processing time to increase the weight. That is not normal moisture replacement.

      sharon.houghton.984 - 2012-09-13 08:53

      May I suggest you send your CV to Rainbow Farming in Durban (Farmer Brown), they would just love you!!

      shadho.storm - 2012-09-15 23:35

      LOL,,,, sadly you lose your argument. In Fact you just made a absolute fool of yourself. Read the following links. View the power point presentations on the pmg link too. Read the following links for more on this issue. http://www.pmg.org.za/report/20110322-department-agriculture-department-trade-industry-poultry-brine-inject AND THE OFFICIAL recent DoH comment: http://www.doh.gov.za/show.php?id=3717 Finally read this Doh link: http://www.doh.gov.za/show.php?id=3433

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-13 01:30

    I dont want to be warned I want govenment to play its part in making sure that regulatory standards are observed by manufacturers.When exactly must I trust my govenment.Tomorow I will be warned that the hospials have given wrong medicines to patients, the following day home affairs has issued wrong IDs.Then education has lost books and so on.what must we do exactly?

  • grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-09-13 05:26

    I asked my butcher how he prepared the chicken. He replied, "Nothing special, I just tell it straight, 'You're gonna die' "

      pierre.smit.7921 - 2012-09-13 08:44

      bbaahhaaahahaga !!!...this comment made my day !!

      gerhard.debruijn - 2012-09-13 10:46

      For the first time ever I burst out laughing at a comment! Well done, this is funny, although all the bunny and tree huggers are going to crucify you!!!

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-13 06:17

    I like meat (meaning the flesh of land, air and sea creatures) regardless of its colour, but I'm starting to think that maybe the world would be better off if meat was banned...

      gungets.tuft - 2012-09-13 07:05

      Ban the people doing it. If you think it is only meat affected then think again. Where do you think all the tinned and packet soups come from, pristine freshly picked vegetables?. Think about that next time you open a can of Ministrone ...

      heiku.staude - 2012-09-13 17:41

      wrong

      lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-14 04:17

      I'm not making a moral statement; merely looking at the wasteful and destructive practice of rearing animals to feed us - the stories regarding how much land is used to supply Macdonalds, Mad Cow Disease, Fish Farms, etc are all over the place, not to mention the production of Methane, a greenhouse gas. On the other hand, I will be having Tournedos Chasseur tonight - rare.

  • anele.cweya - 2012-09-13 06:27

    SABS just buy damn chicken and check it,then should you find it not good or however for consumers fined them millions,I'm confuse abt warning

  • imbwa.nyoro1 - 2012-09-13 06:56

    i luv food and cars but not this junk

  • sharon.houghton.984 - 2012-09-13 06:57

    Watch out for Farmer Brown Tender Crunchies, I found a piece of glass in mine and broke a cap on my tooth. Needless to say they denied it could never have happened in thier factory!!

      lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-14 04:20

      That happens in any place where food is processed en masse - fingers in bread loaves, rats in pies etc etc etc - the best of the lot is polony; if you knew what went into that stuff, you might want to reconsider your love affair with meat - me? I'm not squeamish, having killed my own food.

  • Cappuccinno4u - 2012-09-13 06:57

    they can't warn Jozi resident alone being in danger..rather every1 who eats chicken..damn IQF is filthy folks, u heard dem lets go 4 beef

      stevie0064 - 2012-09-13 10:57

      Beef is the single most expensive farming method both in cost and in environmental damage. Rather eat pork.

  • dsundire - 2012-09-13 06:59

    Don't be fooled. Those 2kg packs are not real chicken

  • mike.mike.7140497 - 2012-09-13 07:17

    it is JUJU that injected these chickens, make them bigger and fatter, so he can get more profits - haha

  • clivegoss - 2012-09-13 07:19

    Who's got tha cheek to call that balagan chicken ?

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-09-13 07:27

    News24 wake up! You posted a similar item last year......this is canned news!

  • OSSY24 - 2012-09-13 07:30

    I SMELL SOMETHING FOWL

  • margie.swanepoel - 2012-09-13 07:34

    Thank goodness I buy at Woolworths. Thank you Woolworths.

      shadho.storm - 2012-09-14 00:52

      Woolworth Chicken is injected. Read the packaging LOL... gosh

  • david.wolpert.39 - 2012-09-13 08:07

    Imported chicken is not injected with,water,salts etc. Worth noting.

      butch.poulter - 2012-09-13 08:21

      You sure.

      allison.steedman - 2012-09-14 12:48

      Oh how naive. Of course imported chicken is injected - even the so called fresh chicken is injected, then frozen for transport and then defrosted. In all countries it is common practice to inject IQF otherwise the product would be totally inedible when defrosted. Rainbow has the lowest injection rates of all producers in SA. To everyone stating WW inject I I was not aware that WW have an IQF range, and locally produced fresh chicken is NOT injected - hence the short shelf life. If you buy fresh and freeze it you are paying double the money and the product will not be moist and tender on defrost.

  • pierre.smit.7921 - 2012-09-13 08:43

    Thanks for letting us know ! The system Works !!!

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-09-13 10:09

    Time to boycott all supermarkets that sell chicken, dont buy from them, rather go to your nearest Farmers Market and buy fresh chicken and fresh Veg instead of buying second hand at high prices.

      gungets.tuft - 2012-09-13 20:17

      Tell that to KFC, Nandos and the other consumers who eat 2 million chickens a week. Pretty solid farmers market you have there

  • rachael.vs.1 - 2012-09-13 10:35

    I think this story is here just to take the focus off Woolworths - but it doesn't seem to be working...

      gungets.tuft - 2012-09-13 20:18

      I did my shop at Woolies today, queues were hectic. The silly little moaning session about Woolies has had no effect. Perhaps instead of moaning and groaning you should work on your professional skills and then finding a job would be easy, even for a whitey

  • joe.peters.56 - 2012-09-13 10:35

    What about the growth hormones and anti-biotics in commercial meat? Is halaal meat injected with these poisons?

      stevie0064 - 2012-09-13 10:48

      Growth hormones don't work on pigs and many of our farmers are switching to free-range organic farming methods, so switch to pork. If you can't eat pork because of some archaic tradition, then sorry for you.

      gungets.tuft - 2012-09-13 20:19

      Halaal pork .. yeah right.

  • stevie0064 - 2012-09-13 10:52

    I prefer PORK anyway.

  • chris.khanye - 2012-09-13 15:46

    Sicken buziness!

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-09-13 16:23

    I miss Supreme Poultry chicken breasts.

  • anton.coetzee.37 - 2012-09-13 17:33

    now they fxcking up our food too!

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-09-13 18:50

    In principle there is nothing wrong with injecting chicken PROVIDED THE COSUMER IT ADEQUATELY INFORMED

  • will.oosthuizen - 2012-09-13 19:24

    This is an insult to customers and an attack on the poor in the country!

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-09-13 19:27

    Whatyatghink KFC use? frozen chicken from Brazil, I kid you not....who knows whats in that then?

  • aubrey.k.masola - 2012-09-13 21:47

    does this mean it's a fake chicken????

  • shadho.storm - 2012-09-13 23:51

    WHAT!As a person that has been complaining to the DoH and DAFF and others for many years. NOT just since the end of 2010. They wont respond to myself but now eventually put this on the net etc. Not that it should not be made public notice long ago and that I have demanded for so long. What Fidel says is heinous but not limited to heinous so say the least if he is quoted correctly. "He said this negatively affected quality from a nutritional perspective and increased the amount of salt present. Incorrect, or sometimes absent, labelling on the products was not a food safety issue". THIS IS NOT A FOOD SAFETY ISSUE? WHAT? First of ALL it is a DIRE Health issue if a product is NOT labeled correctly, honestly and truthfully at ALL TIMES. So informed and educated to purchase or consume can be made. These products have NOT been labeled correctly in abt 20 years and this admitted by the DoH. WHY?? They were only required to labeled correctly since March 2012. WHY? The DoH R 146 NOW PROHIBITS INCORRECTLY LABELING! Its ALSO FRAUD! Yet it continues unabated and not just about IQF chicken pieces/portions. There is ALSO NO SUCH THING AS A GRADE chicken portions. Only Whole birds can be labeled A Grade at this time. Incorrect labels also lead to illegal BAIT MARKETING as well! The actual chicken/flesh content. liquid, additive and chemical content stated on labels is NO guarantee this is truthful. You also need a calculator to work out how much actual meat you may get. WHAT!

  • shadho.storm - 2012-09-14 00:00

    There is also NO such thing as FRESH Chicken. Its all industrially processed. Whole frozen birds/carcasses can contain 8 percent water pick up at this time. Certain portions of whole birds/carcasses can be brine injected ...must I go on. NO DoH and DAFF and SAPO and the rest of thoes involved in the heinous abuse and fraud and health Issues affected and affecting so many unsuspecting customers and consumers unabated and for so so long to say the least. Your days of fraud and abuse have ended and you know it! Also NOTE: Regarding imported Poultry. Much of this product has a far better product FSQA (Food Safety and Quality Assurance) then much of that in South Africa. Much of the imported products are NOT brine injected and it is cheaper.

      allison.steedman - 2012-09-14 12:50

      Rubbish. You don't know what you are talking about.

      shadho.storm - 2012-09-15 23:15

      Rubbish is it Devil? Read the following links. Portfolio Committee on Brine. http://www.pmg.org.za/report/20110322-department-agriculture-department-trade-industry-poultry-brine-inject Doh: http://www.doh.gov.za/show.php?id=3717 Now tell me its rubbish,,,hahahah!

  • mfundoj1 - 2012-09-14 01:42

    Which shops are they being sold? Expose it! Woolworths? Shoprite? Checkers? Pick n Pay?\r\n(just asking)

  • KB - 2012-09-14 08:13

    not only chicken but ham is likewise injected with water,phosphate ( to help retain the injected water )( up to 40 % of it ) Sodium Nitrite , Sodium Nitrate and possibly some Soy Isolate gets added.The injected meat get placed into a vacuum tumbler which allows it to absorb the water better and retain it when the ham is cooked.Look at the price you pay for ham / water about R 80 to R 100 per kg. The meat pieces chosen for ham are pieces that are of inferior quality ( unlike leg of pork ) are minced to a smaller size and will become stuck together in the tumble process. That is when you eat ham it has no flavour at all as much of it is water.

  • vandeventer.sarel - 2012-09-14 10:27

    Hulle verkoop dit orals. Het dit al by checkers, pick n pay, spar en ok gekoop. Die beste hoender vir my is tydstroom. Kry dit by fruit and veg

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-14 12:08

    Don't buy frozen chicken. Boycot the manufacturers who sell you more water than chicken. Crooks.

      allison.steedman - 2012-09-14 12:51

      Another idiot with no idea of the true facts.

      shadho.storm - 2012-09-15 23:38

      At Devil you just a uneducated TROLL. LOL,,,, sadly you lose your argument. In Fact you just made a absolute fool of yourself. Read the following links. View the power point presentations on the pmg link too. Read the following links for more on this issue. http://www.pmg.org.za/report/20110322-department-agriculture-department-trade-industry-poultry-brine-inject AND THE OFFICIAL recent DoH comment: http://www.doh.gov.za/show.php?id=3717 Finally read this Doh link: http://www.doh.gov.za/show.php?id=3433

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-14 14:57

    OMG! Fong Kong chicken.

  • barbara.foster.50702769 - 2012-09-14 15:31

    TOTALLY gross and unacceptable and I for one will not buy frozen chicken!

  • colin.langley - 2012-09-14 16:08

    Become a vegetarian

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