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South Africa Tightens Meat Labelling

The department of trade and industry will this week publish proposals to strengthen the labelling of meat products so that their ingredients – such as beef‚ donkey or water buffalo – be identified more precisely.

This follows the scandal over wrongly labelled meat which initially erupted in Europe but then became a local issue when research conducted by the University of Stellenbosch found that meat products found in supermarkets did not correctly label the type of meat that they contained. Unidentified meat such as donkey‚ kangaroo and water buffalo was found in products labelled for example beef.

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at a media briefing on Wednesday that the department intended to strengthen the regulations regarding meat labelling so that labels indicated the animal from which the meat was derived.

The proposals to amend the regulations will be published in the government gazette later this week‚ he said.

He stressed the importance of respecting the rights of consumers to know what they were eating‚ especially where consumers insisted on halaal or kosher food products.

“The existing labelling requirements are perhaps not strong enough‚” he said. “There is perhaps a need for stronger definitions.”

Davies said he had also asked the National Consumer Commission to investigate the parties involved in introducing wrongly labelled meat products into the South African market and to determine whether there had been any violations of regulations.

The view of the department was that the incorrectly labelled meat products were mostly imports that had entered SA through the international trade in processed meat products.

It did not appear that there had been any health safety issues related to the meat labellling scandal.

via iafrica.com | business | business news | SA gets strict meat labelling.

BRAZIL – Brazilian meat processor JBS has hit back at criticisms of its takeover of SSBs tannery and refrigeration units.

The criticisms were raised by the Superintendent General of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense CADE during the antitrust analysis.

JBS said the opinion was inconclusive and defends the “need for further studies on the degree of rivalry in the industry and the impact of operations both in the slaughter as with respect to the price of meat to the final consumer, the Council will make such a measurement “.

JBS said CADE demonstrates that the operations in recent years do not breech competition rules, becasue there is strong competition ion the industry and it is also possible for new players to entrer the market.

JBS added that the prices paid to the farmer nationwide, have been stable or have risen following acquisitions made by JBS and the company recognises the importance of good pay for its suppliers in order to maintain and encourage livestock production in the country.

JBS added that agricultural production in Brazil has been concentrated, because approximately one-third of the animals slaughtered by JBS come from only three per cent of existing ranchers in Brazil.

It added that in 2011 the company had a share 15.4 per cent share of total slaughter in Brazil, according to the Department of Agriculture USDA and the specialist publication ANUALPEC, which demonstrates the low concentration in the domestic industry.

JBS said it has always acted in accordance with current legislation and understands that leasing and rental assets are not required to be submitted to CADE.

JBS said iut had always acted with the utmost transparency in the provision of data and information, and expects, in a highly technical analysis, all operations will be approved by the Administrative Court of CADE.

via JBS Hits Back at Anti-trust Criticisms – The Meat Site.