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NCC weighs in on meat scandal

The NCC will meet with the Bureau of Standards to find out if there's a better way to test meat products.

The NCC will meet with the Bureau of Standards to find out if there is not a better way to test meat products.

CAPE TOWN - The National Consumer Commission (NCC) says it is meeting with the Bureau of Standards on Monday to find out if there is not a better way to test meat products.

Two university studies have found some deli meats, burger patties and biltong contained traces of donkey and even kangaroo and were not declared on the packaging.

The Stellenbosch University study found that nearly 60 percent of 139 products tested contained ingredients which were not listed on their labels.

Pick n Pay, Shoprite and Woolworths have been identified as stocking mislabeled meats.

However, some retailers have hit back saying the DNA testing done on the meats is too sensitive and the findings may be blamed on cross-contamination.

Acting consumer commissioner Ebrahim Mohamed says, "We will be meeting with the Bureau of Standards. The DNA testing is extremely sensitive and can pick up traces from 0.01 percent of foreign content and that can be very negligible."

The meat scandal first broke out in Europe following reports that tonnes of meat supplied by two Dutch trading companies were sold as beef across Europe since January 2011 may have contained horsemeat.

At least 132 companies in the Netherlands and some 370 more around Europe were affected by the discovery.