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Name and Shame

February 27, 2013 in South Africa, uncategorized

A year or so ago there was a report that informed us that the miellie meel (pap) that we buy do not contain the added nutrition that is legally required  and that is stipulated on packaging.

The names of these fraudulent brands were not made public.

Last year it was sun tan lotions that were found to be lacking. Again the brand names were withheld.

Now it is meat and meat products. We might have got an inkling of this when we heard that big scandal of pork being sold ad halaal meat and (water?) buffalo sold as beef and we have not heard the brand names or the who the people are at the top.

We should know which brands are involve in food fraud and we should know the names of the people involved.

For a long time now I hardly buy packaged burgers or minced meat or even processed meats.

I do not care to eat brain or lung  hey. I have a suspicion that many more processed meats, than those that carry these on their labels, contain these items

As a child I would sometimes go into a home and the most delicious aroma would come from the kitchen- blood pudding. I learned that not everything that smells and tastes good is quite what I want to eat! … never tasted blood pudding but it smells like Sunday pot roast:)

And I would not eat my pets. Do you?

My grandpa forbid us to name animals raised for slaughter… one does not eat something that you gave a personal name he said.

… and working animals like horses and donkeys; one builds a relationship with them hey- and they have names …

It is like a mixture of incest and cannibalism- once you are willing to eat your pet because it is cheap, practical and nutritious, might you consider having the weakest member in your human circle for dinner since that would be cheap, practical and nutritious?

Someone said that in Malawi they eat the transport- horse- now we know that at least in Durban donkeys, the other form of animal transport is being eaten too.

Many years ago there was a butcher in the Claremont area that apparently sold horse or some such…

Even earlier than that there was a Take Away business in Athlone that was extremely popular for their cheap and meaty salomies- you know, those curry wraps- they were using horse too hey.

Those salomies hey: it was in the days when no person of colour could manage an abattoir. I never heard what happened to the case. The Take Away  closed at the time and i am not sure whether they reopened and do not want to mention a name at this point because while it was a predominantly black owned (Muslim) business, many whites had up to 49% shares in business in Athlone and as I said, no non-white person owned or managed an abattoir.

Did the owners actually order horse meat intentionally? Did they order the beef but were sent horse meat?

Anyway, we know that food fraud is not new. It has been done before and it was done by the established pre 94 business owners and managers.The earliest known incident targeted the ‘coloured’ community of the Cape Flats. It was before the days of shopping malls. People came from all over to shop in Athlone and would buy those salomies for a Friday night or Saturday meal.

Once people can do this to some people, then they can do it to other people.

Today it is no longer about selling fraudulent food products to the Cape Flats where people of colour lived in insular isolation and Athlone was still a vibrant shopping area.

Many people who were involved in food production 16 /18/ 30 yrs ago, left their legacies for their businesses and families including to people that they have defrauded in the past. People do what they learn and what was done to them..

We are reaping those legacies today,

Ivan Karan of Karan Beef called in to Cape Talk to assure South Africa that their company is trustworthy and that products such as I&J Burgers made by them contain only what the label indicates. He believes that it is the smaller companies that are up to mischief.

Name them and shame them- then we will know and be able to make informed choices.

There is also the matter of imported meat- how are these labeled? How are these cleared at the point of departure elsewhere and arrival here? How do these find their way onto or market under different labels; I have never found meat labeled as water buffalo in the shops or butcheries, nor goat or donkey or horse.

My personal doubts about minced meat and sausage go back to elders whispering about ‘hottentotswors’ that dated back to the Great Depression. They whispered along the lines that the elders in the families that were known /suspected to make this sausage, would sometimes crave it and how would a grandson refuse a grandmother the taste of this exotic food?  They did not buy from certain farmers. Just too many workers went AWOL on their farms under suspicious circumstances.

Yep, I know that these days AWOL could be replaced by lions in cages but the trouble is that I can not remember the family names mentioned at the time and tend to stay clear of minced meat products that I can not vouch for.

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