Labelling study was not to name and shame

Names of the supermarkets identified as stocking incorrect labelled food were released.

 The Consumer Commission will launch an independent probe into the SA meat scandal.  Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The scientist behind the Stellenbosch University meat labelling scandal, Professor Louw Hoffman, said on Sunday he did not want to name and shame the supermarkets implicated in the scandal.

The study found that nearly 60 percent of 139 products tested, contained ingredients which were not listed on their labels, including donkey, water buffalo, goat and pork.

City Press has released the names of the supermarkets identified as stocking incorrect labelled meat products which include, Pick n Pay, Shoprite, Fruit and Veg City, Woolworths and Spar.

Hoffman said the experiment was not designed to test which supermarkets complied with the labelling act.

He said it was to prove that the mislabelling of processed meat was a common place in South Africa.

"I didn't want to name and shame.

"It was never a forensic study.

"If I was going to name and shame, I would have designed the experimental outline totally differently."