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Calls to disband Halaal certifying bodies

The Consumer Forum believes all Halaal certifying authorities should be disbanded.

The Consumer Forum believes the Halaal certifying authorities should be disbanded.

CAPE TOWN - The Consumer Forum in the Western Cape on Wednesday said in light of the country's meat labelling scandal, all Halaal certifying authorities should be disbanded.

It said the certifiers were too profit driven and failed to protect the consumer from the dangers of mislabelled meats.

Two university studies recently found that some deli meats, burger patties and biltong contained traces of donkey, water buffalo and even kangaroo.

The forum's Imraahn Ismail-Mukaddam said, "We believe they have failed in their mandate because as Muslim consumers we are still being exposed to eating products that are not permissible. Despite the whole uproar debacle following the Orion saga, no prevention measures have been put in place."

Meanwhile, the National Consumer Commission said its investigation into the meat saga would focus on retailers at the end of March.