Hit Supreme Poultry where it hurts – SACP

2011-02-15 14:31

Tough punitive measures should be brought against Supreme Poultry for injecting expired products with brine to extend their shelf life, the SA Communist Party (SACP) said today.

“This includes, but is not limited to, imposing a heavy fine on the profits that were ill received to invest in our public health system,” said spokesman Malesela Maleka.

“Supreme Poultry must be heavily fined for their illegal actions.

It must not get a slap on the wrist as corrective measures are taken. We must hit the greedy, racist capitalists where it hurts most,” he said.

Country Bird’s Supreme Poultry unit, which supplies chickens to the retail industry, recently made headlines for reworking frozen chickens by thawing, washing and injecting them with brine, and refreezing them with new dates on the packaging.

Following an inspection of Supreme’s Free State Botshabelo abattoir, the department of agriculture found it had contravened regulations.

However, the company has denied any wrongdoing. It has claimed the department was acting outside its mandate as inspections were the sole responsibility of the department of health, whose regulations it fully complied with.

It maintained that a health department report based on a visit to the Botshabelo plant on December 21 cleared the company of any of the “false allegations” as it had received a clean bill of health.

The SA Poultry Association had since taken issue with the department of agriculture on behalf of the company and the industry.

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