RED MEAT INDUSTRY REACTION TO RESEARCH FINDINGS ON MEAT PRODUCTS
26 Feb 2013
The Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF), which represents the entire red meat industry chain, from primary producer through the abattoir to the meat trader and eventually the consumer, has noted with extreme concern the condemning statements made on the research findings by Prof Louw Hoffman and his colleagues on the inclusion of various unlabelled ingredients used in meat products sampled from retail butcher stores and butcheries.
The RMIF believes that it is incumbent on Prof Hoffman and his colleagues, if they possess incontrovertible factual evidence, to report the transgressors to the relevant authorities for investigation.
The RMIF previously brought certain fraudulent and unscrupulous importing and illegal labeling practice by a Cape Town importer to the attention of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the National Prosecuting Authority who took little or no steps with regards hereto. It was at this stage that the RMIF successfully took legal steps to interdict this importer.
Legislative measures are in place to enable the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Local Government Environmental Practitioners within the Department of Health, to test meat products in butcheries routinely for ingredients and species, verify correct labeling practices and to act against transgressors and bring them to book. The RMIF has previously brought these concerns before the Portfolio Committee for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on two occasions. The Department eventually undertook to establish an Inter Ministerial Committee to investigate imported and domestically produced meat products.
The red meat industry uses an independent auditing company to do meat inspections nationally at red meat abattoirs to ensure that meat is safe for the consumer and her family. Once the meat products leave the abattoir they are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health who has sufficient legislation at their disposal to enforce compliance at point of sale.
ISSUED FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE RED MEAT INDUSTRY
By Dave Ford
Red Meat Industry Forum
Tel: +27 12 667 1189
Fax: +27 12 667 1246
Cell: +27 82 898 7194
Red Meat Industry Forum | P O Box 7588 Centurion 0046