14 April 2013
The IFP says it is outraged by the extent of
the mislabelling of meat products, which leads to the public
consuming meats they did not intend to.
The IFP said this in reaction to details that
have emerged with regard to a "meat-label scandal" published by
today's City Press, which also named household-name retail
brands as culprits in this unfortunate practice.
IFP Deputy National Spokesperson, Joshua
Mazibuko said, "The IFP is outraged by the extent of the
incorrect labelling and "contamination" of meat products. Worse,
among the retailers named are some of the biggest, which
service millions of South Africans. It is frightening to learn
from Stellenbosch University Prof Louw Hoffman that the
'mislabelling of processed meats products is commonplace in
South Africa. '"
To think that almost on daily basis South
Africans are made to consume meats, which some would ordinarily
reject for religious, cultural, ethical and health reasons, is
frightening. This is the worst form of disservice to them, and a
violation of their democratic rights.
"While we have no evidence to prove that
retailers do this deliberately, or for selfish reasons, we are
still appalled that it does take place to this extent. The
advancement of cross-contamination, as a cause thereof, is not
acceptable for it suggests negligence which - if not urgently
dealt with - may put the lives of people at risk.
"It is also disturbing to learn that 'leading
retailers this week generally welcomed the research and
indicated that they were taking steps to ensure that they will,
in future, fully comply with the law prescribing the labelling
of their products". This begs the question: did they not comply
fully with the law all this time?"
Mazibuko concluded, "We call on both the
government and retailers to urgently, and seriously commit, to
taking the necessary steps to stamp out this malpractice and to
ensure that the public, never again, finds itself in this
CONTACT: M. Joshua Mazibuko, IFP Deputy
National Spokesperson, on 083 992 6135.