Cabinet notes meat reports

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pretoria – Cabinet says it has taken note of reports on the incorrect labeling of meat products, which has caused alarm amongst consumers around the country.

“Section 29 of the Consumer Protection Act sets out general standards for marketing of goods and services.  

“It stipulates that parties in the supply chain must not market any goods or services in a manner that is likely to imply a false or misleading representation concerning those goods and services,” said acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams on Thursday.

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has asked the National Consumer Commission (NCC) to urgently investigate the matter after it emerged that undeclared products were found in South African meat.

Research conducted by a study group at the University of Stellenbosch with regard to the content of various meat products in South Africa found the presence of donkey, water buffalo, goat and other undisclosed meat products in certain processed foods available to consumers at retail stores.

Cabinet said the investigation was necessary because “this matter may have far and wide ranging implications and impact on the broader consumer public”. –