NRCS on hunt for underweight bread

2010-11-30 13:59

The “massive” sale of underweight bread has prompted nationwide checks to determine whether bread is being sold at the correct weight, the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) said today.

Companies in all provinces would be visited by inspectors unannounced, NRCS spokesperson Mirriam Moswaane said in a statement.

Gauteng and the Western Cape as well as Durban, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth had been visited already.

“After discovering the massive sale of underweight bread, the NRCS has embarked on a countrywide bread survey to enforce compliance in line with the Trade Metrology Act.”

Metrology is the science of measurement.

The results of the survey would be announced in June next year.

Compliance in the Western Cape had improved.

“This can be attributed to the inspections work of the organisation and the legal action that NRCS had taken against a defaulting company in Cape Town.

“The company was selling bread tremendously short of the declared weight of 600g. The bread packed in bags declaring them as 600g were found on average to weigh 429g, with the lowest weighing a mere 398g.”

Underweight bread resulted in consumers losing “millions of rands”. The NRCS would take “drastic” action against perpetrators.

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