The South African Communist Party (SACP) has called for an investigation into the “selling of rotten chicken to the public” and for strong action to be taken against those guilty of the practice.
In a statement the SACP expresses disgust but not shock at Supreme Poultry’s admission to reselling old chickens with new expiry dates.
It calls on “both the departments of trade and industry and health to institute an urgent investigation into this scandal”.
“We are not shocked precisely because we have always known the capitalist system knows no decent bounds in its insatiable pursuit of profits,” the statement reads.
The SACP says it is outraged mostly by reports that Supreme Poultry’s defence has been that it does not sell the reworked chickens to big chain stores but only to wholesalers and spaza shops.
“This can only mean that rotten chicken is being sold to poor black South Africans, the majority of whom buy from ‘cheap’ wholesale outlets and spaza shops,” the statement says.
The SACP says it regards this as racist and “offensive in the extreme”.
It says the practice is based on the assumption that “the digestive system of the poor is unable to distinguish between fresh and rotten food”.
The party says it also believes the scandal revolving around Supreme Poultry might “just be the tip of the iceberg”.
“How many other food companies are possibly selling us rotten meat everyday?” the statement reads.
Supreme Poultry allegedly thaws, washes, injects and rebrands the chickens at its abattoirs and then resells them with new expiry dates.