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Retailers conduct meat labelling investigations

Several South African retailers are now probing their own meat labelling practices.

Several South African retailers are now proving their own meat labelling practices. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Some of the retailers implicated in the meat labelling scandal on Monday said they would be conducting their own investigation.

Earlier this year, a Stellenbosch University study found nearly 60 percent of 139 products tested contained ingredients which were not listed on their labels.

The study found donkey, water buffalo, goat and pork in some products.

Pick 'n Pay, Shoprite, Food Lovers Market, Woolworths and Spar were named as the retailers that stocked incorrectly labelled meat products.

The report was released by the _City Press _newspaper.

Food Lover's Market Managing Director Brian Coppin said they have begun testing their products.

"We have already started DNA testing and tracked down 25 products."

Woolworths food technologist Karin Carstensen said they took the matter very seriously.

"We are following up on the information because we take every piece of information seriously. Our foods should be labelled correctly."

Spar's Chief Financial Director Mark Godfrey said, "None of the unusual animals that have been quoted in the press have been detected in any of the samples taken from any of the Spar stores."