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Unlikely that horsemeat snuck into SA - dept

2013-02-13 15:48

Johannesburg - Chances are slim that horsemeat disguised as beef could have slipped through South African import controls, the agriculture department said on Wednesday.

"It is unlikely that South African importers could have unknowingly imported animal products contaminated with horsemeat, as imports are usually properly certified by the veterinary authorities of the country of origin," it said in a statement.

The department had received inquiries on whether the European horsemeat scandal would affect South Africa's meat imports.

Veterinary authorities currently allowed importation of recognisable cuts of beef from Germany, Ireland, UK, Spain, Switzerland, and veal from the Netherlands.

There were also imports of processed meat products, such as salami and ham, from certain countries.

"Authorities require that the raw meat used in those processed meat products be sourced within the country of origin of the consignment, and be independently certified by the veterinary authorities of the country of origin."

Horsemeat is imported from Brazil and Belgium. Consignments were inspected at the port of entry by veterinary authorities.

The department said South Africa itself had a small market for horsemeat. There were at present only three privately-owned abattoirs approved for the slaughter of horses.

"It is neither unsafe nor illegal to consume or sell horsemeat in terms of legislation. The meat is inspected and passed by qualified meat inspectors."

Horsemeat was also used in various animal products.

Comments
  • gerald.mphuthi - 2013-02-13 15:55

    I eat my own reliable transport and catch a cab , thank you very much!!

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-13 16:11

      Yes, and South Africa is know as corruption free and absolutely honest. All labels can be trusted 100% and there are no unscrupulous meat providers.. then I woke up and my coffee was cold...

      kalabafazi - 2013-02-13 16:18

      Our border controls are super tight, We hardly ever hear of drugs entering this country or illegal immigrants crossing our borders. Let's face it a horse is alot bigger than a bag of mandrax or even a Zimbabwean.

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-13 16:40

      Who said it had to be imported? Do you really think SA syndicates have not thought of adding cheaper meat to mince?

      Food Forensics - 2013-02-13 19:01

      Let it be known that I am one of the persons complaining to the DAFF and DoH and others Governmental once again. NOT just for myself in the first instance but for ALL unsuspecting customers and consumers. NOT just South African citizens in South Africa. The DAFF and DOH have maintained a deathly silence on this matter as much it has been demanded of them to prove that this has not occurred and or not occurring in South Africa. That they state what they do above is reprehensible and heinous once again. I am currently investigating a imported meat product that has been imported into South Africa From SWEDEN. Where is SWEDEN mentioned in the Article above? A Findus Brand product.A Brand under extreme scrutiny in other countries regarding HorseMeat. Which was withdrawn from sale last week for precautionary reasons. Is currently under going DNA testing and analysis in the RSA SO TAKE THAT DAFF AND DOH!! ITS ALSO NOT JUST ABOUT IMPORTED PRODUCTS.Never has been never will be. So to the DAFF and DoH,let me advise you ALL. That should I ascertain that I have eaten any undeclared ingredient. Whether it be Horse Meat or Pig Meat or Sheep Meat or Chicken Meat or any other meat. In a Bovine Beef Food Product which is declared and or advertised and or marketed as solely Bovine Beef. Then I and the DAFF and DoH and the other same/similar Food and Beverage Regulating Authority in South Africa. Are ON a collision course of Astronomical proportions once again. Know this!

  • george.anderson.796569 - 2013-02-13 15:56

    Millions of rands dont slip past any of you, but service delivery does

  • abrammothibedi.abram - 2013-02-13 15:58

    oh!Happy are basotho

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2013-02-13 15:58

    Ag pleeaaze , what do you know S.A ? Can't even tell how many toes you have . Go taste Wimpy and Maxi's burgers and do tests . You may find that only 10% of meat on them is beef if you are lucky .

      eish.eish.5 - 2013-02-13 16:41

      We dont often see horse as roadkill so its safe.....

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-13 16:46

      Ever wondered why they call it a 'meat' pie and not a 'beef' pie?

      bazza19824 - 2013-02-13 16:56

      I am sure if I can organise a fake passport at home affairs, I can surely get a fake passport for transporting meat saying it's beef!!

  • clint.skinner - 2013-02-13 15:59

    Wonder where this story will trot off to?

      tony.bakkie - 2013-02-13 16:10

      Stop mincing your words

      kalabafazi - 2013-02-13 16:15

      Maybe they should have a meating.

      Zarum4n - 2013-02-13 16:26

      stop all this "neigh - saying"!

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-13 16:41

      Stop horsing around...

  • bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-13 16:04

    How can meat sneak into a country? The noble beasts would have been slain before this

      Gerhard - 2013-02-13 16:13

      As I asked before, are you for real? Let me explain quickly for you. When you look at a map on the wall. You see Europe at the top? South Africa is at the bottom. So it is like when you flick snot on the map and it lands on Europe, the force of gravity makes the snot slide down the map until it reaches South Africa. That is how the meat sneaks into our country. Hey you started it with a dumb question, I just felt it deserved and equally dumb answer.

      kalabafazi - 2013-02-13 16:33

      bafana - It's a well documented fact that horses wear blue bull supporter's headgear, thereby fooling customs officials that they are really cows looking for a better life in a rainbow nation. In fact many of them escape the abbatoirs and are employed to fill the Loftus Stadium during Super Rugby season.

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-13 16:42

      Gerard please don't feed the troll any more snot or horse meat...

  • Gerhard - 2013-02-13 16:05

    I love horses! I just can't eat a whole one....

      Zarum4n - 2013-02-13 16:33

      when i was in italy i had a horse steak... and it was pretty awesome!

      eish.eish.5 - 2013-02-13 16:43

      A burnt burger is a Black Beauty.

  • tony.koen - 2013-02-13 16:06

    I think people forget the horse biltong scandal about ten years back, where horse biltong was passed off as beef. It's just a matter of time before they uncover the stuff in take away food locally.

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-13 16:43

      Hey, not just horse - donkey, zebra, rat, goat and zimbo...

      leslie.erasmus.1 - 2013-02-13 17:57

      Margie,piece of whip?

      Food Forensics - 2013-02-13 19:33

      @ Tony. I Could not have said it better myself. the problem who is who will uncover it. Certainly not the DAFF and DoH. Although it will be uncovered and exposed by myself and others. That CARE!

  • Pieter Rens - 2013-02-13 16:09

    The only way they will know is if someone finds a piece of sadle in his plate !

      bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-13 16:11

      Who would cook horse with a saddle?

      Gerhard - 2013-02-13 16:17

      The saddle is the best part. Everyone knows that.

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-13 16:44

      Bafana, its like cooking a potato in its skin...

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2013-02-13 16:12

    With the incompetant Government Officials, corruption, tender rigging, anything is possible. Thank goodness I don't eat any take away meals or precooked dinners. Hasn't this who saga been a slap in the face for the rules applied by the European Union.

  • FUZZY - 2013-02-13 16:14

    What does it matter what is eaten maybe the horse is old and of no use.I have eaten various meats of land animals as well as shark meat.I think its the thought of eating a horse,because its such a majestic animal.If people only new what goes into food and how animals are slaughtered,they won't eat anything.By the way a vegetable is also a living thing.

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-13 16:45

      Horses are often injected with substances that remain in the meat and are harmful to humans...

      Rustic - 2013-02-13 20:35

      Guess I will just have to eat stones.

  • mike.matshaba.7 - 2013-02-13 16:17

    As long as its disease free its fine with me,Did anyone see how this chicken r raised? Horses r much better off,it could hav been worse if it was human flesh,animals are there fr been eaten.

  • Matjaka - 2013-02-13 16:19

    in this world we are living in we eat rubbish unaware

  • Lucky - 2013-02-13 16:26

    sure, never going to slip through our porous, corrupt ports! please!!

  • jean.mboule - 2013-02-13 16:28

    From frozen (injected) chicken to horse meat..Good lord. I going back to hunting lol...

      Gerhard - 2013-02-13 16:42

      I tried that but the neighbour's cat just didn't taste as good as I thought it would. I'll try his Boerboel and let you know if it's any better.

      Food Forensics - 2013-02-13 19:38

      @ Jean. Touche. What about imitation dairy products (Fake). Advertised and sold as Genuine Dairy Products in South Africa for more years than can even be guessed at... Maybe we should be hunting those in the DAFF and DoH and others Governmental that allow it to continue unabated.

  • angelanair3 - 2013-02-13 16:48

    So we eat horses do we? To those that eat it - good for you. But please dont give it to those that dont eat it! People do eat meat - but let them choose what they want to eat..........

  • Michael Hawthorne - 2013-02-13 17:00

    as hy nie n naam het nie eet hom julle queezy mense moet maar kyk hoe slag hul kalfies en lamitjies vleis is vleis is vleis... as jy kan vark eet kan jy enige dier eet want varke vreet tot vratte van mekaar af en riool en enige ding so wie kan vark eet ma nie perd nie?

      karen.glautier - 2013-02-13 17:17

      I agree, if you eat meat what difference is it to you what animal it is from.... But really a little overshare with the pig story there #greenaroundthegil

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-13 17:25

      You can have my share... hopefully its stuffed with those dangerous chemicals...

  • bazza19824 - 2013-02-13 17:06

    haha... How about the Orion Meat scandal with Halaal Labelling. How about chickens being frozen for god knows how long and ending up on the pick n pay shelves, how about the that article you printed about loads of restaurants falsely claiming what their meat actually is, how about all those products at the chinese shop being falsely labelled... umm nobody pulls the wool over your eyes hey DEPARTMENT!

  • Dale von Romburgh - 2013-02-13 17:07

    God provided us with what meat we could eat...Only animals with split in their hooves may we consume. Are people so inhumane that they have to resort to eating a animal that served them for decades?

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-13 17:26

      Hey what about oxen that work the fields..?

      morne.els - 2013-02-13 17:58

      In the same book of the bible god also says not to shave and that people should be stoned for the slightest offence. I'm not about to eat horse,but if some people want to,let them.

  • wildmoon.luna - 2013-02-13 17:14

    Glad I'm a vegetarian. Next time around human meat in the mix?

      wildmoon.luna - 2013-02-13 17:24

      Nothing will benefit human health

      karen.glautier - 2013-02-13 17:25

      In my opinion vegetarians are the only ones allowed to comment negatively here..... If you eat meat, I have to ask why it's acceptable to eat beef, mutton and pork, but not horse..... Really people?

      wildmoon.luna - 2013-02-13 23:47

      @ Squeegee was that really necessary? No power plays, just opinions

  • Food Forensics - 2013-02-13 18:41

    Hahahah. Let it be known that I am one of the persons complaining to the DAFF and DoH and others Governmental once again. NOT just for myself in the first instance but for ALL unsuspecting customers and consumers. NOT just South African citizens in South Africa. The DAFF and DOH have maintained a deathly silence on this matter as much it has been demanded of them to prove that this has not occurred and or not occurring in South Africa. That they state what they do above is reprehensible and heinous once again. I am currently investigating a imported meat product that has been imported into South Africa From SWEDEN. Where is SWEDEN mentioned in the Article above? A Findus Brand product.A Brand under extreme scrutiny in other countries regarding HorseMeat. Which was withdrawn from sale last week for precautionary reasons. Is currently under going DNA testing and analysis in the RSA SO TAKE THAT DAFF AND DOH!! ITS ALSO NOT JUST ABOUT IMPORTED PRODUCTS.Never has been never will be. So to the DAFF and DoH,let me advise you ALL. That should I ascertain that I have eaten any undeclared ingredient. Whether it be Horse Meat or Pig Meat or Sheep Meat or Chicken Meat or any other meat. In a Bovine Beef Food Product which is declared and or advertised and or marketed as solely Bovine Beef. Then I and the DAFF and DoH and the other same/similar Food and Beverage Regulating Authority in South Africa. Are ON a collision course of Astronomical proportions once again. Know this!

  • Food Forensics - 2013-02-13 19:42

    What about all the restaurants and eateries and fast food outlets and Hotels that state there Beef is 100% PURE BEEF?? If you really believe this. Then you must really believe the Cow, jumped over the moon!!

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