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Lack of coordination affects food control

Govt. departments acknowledge that they need to work together to improve food control.

Food control measures in the country are affected by lack of coordination between departments.

CAPE TOWN - A lack of coordination between government departments has been affecting general food control measures in the country.

This was one of the main findings of a report handed over to Members of Parliament (MPs) on Friday.

It follows a University of Stellenbosch study, which found that nearly 60 percent of 139 meat products tested contained ingredients which were not listed on their labels.

The products tested positive for traces of donkey and water buffalo.

The Agriculture, Health and Trade and Industry Departments held a consultative workshop last month to discuss issues around food labelling and control.

They then compiled a report based on the collective view of those who took part in the workshop.

According to the report food control authorities are fragmented and there isn't a uniform approach across the country.

Different departments are responsible for food control but they haven't been sharing information and working together in the most effective way.

Border control has also been identified as a weakness.