Meat scandal researchers receive threats

2013-04-19 08:20
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Cape Town - Researchers who worked on the meat-labelling scandal in South African supermarkets have apparently received threats.

The Cape Argus reported that a backlash was causing big problems for the researchers from Stellenbosch University.

Harris Steinman, co-author of the study and director of the Food and Allergy Consulting and Testing Services (Facts) at Stellenbosch University, was willing only to say that legal threats had been received from companies because of the research.

The study showed that many meat products sold in supermarkets were incorrectly labelled.

Steinman said some researchers were scared of continuing their studies, fearing that companies could sue them or the university for loss of earnings.

“This has made it very difficult for researchers trying to test consumer-related issues in the country. Due to the legal threats, it will be left to only those who are brave enough to do it,” said Steinman.

They never intended for retailers to be identified but Media24 used the Promotion of Access to Information Act to get the names of the retailers and publish them.

Pick n Pay says some details in the research were untrue and said no donkey, water buffalo, horse or goat was found in any of their products. A spokesperson said she did not know anything about legal threats.

Shoprite and Fruit and Veg City Group have also distanced themselves from the apparent threats.

Read more on:    stellenbosch university  |  meat scandal  |  health and safety

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