Advertise with

Zim to conduct DNA tests on SA meat
Zim to conduct DNA tests on SA meat

Zim to conduct DNA tests on SA meat


Fin24 - Mar 5th 2013, 07:32

Harare - Zimbabwe is working on putting stringent measures on meat imports from South Africa amid concerns of contaminated meat products from the country.

According to The Standard newspaper, Zimbabwe has moved to secure border and entry points to ensure that contaminated meat products from South Africa are not imported into the country.

Freddy Chinyavanhu, deputy director at the Food Standards Advisory Board (FSAB,) was quoted as saying ministry of health and child welfare officials had held a meeting with the Shipping and Freight Association of Zimbabwe (SFAZ), giving them strict guidelines on the importation of food products.

According to the new regulations, Zimbabwe will now send food inspectors to South Africa, where they will inspect any meat products before they can be imported into the country.

Chinyavanhu said before any meat could be imported into Zimbabwe, importers needed to produce a sanitary certificate, following a pre-shipment exercise that would have been conducted in the country of origin.

To be certain of the ingredients of meat, inspectors must conduct DNA tests with importers expected to meet the costs of sending inspectors to South Africa.

Zimbabwe has resorted to these measure following reports of a fair share of fraudulent meat products on the South African market that might end up being shipped to the country.

According to a study by meat scientists from Stellenbosch University traces of donkey, goat and water buffalo were found in up to 68% of the 139 minced meats, burger patties, deli meats, sausages and dried meats that were tested.

The study also found plant ingredients which were not declared on the products’ packaging labels.

The meat scandals started in Europe and have now spread to Asia and other parts of the world.

An imported lasagne brand was pulled from the shelves in Hong Kong, while Czech authorities recently ordered similar action on frozen meals mislabelled as beef. 

Related News

Airbnb gathers momentum in South Africa with 163% growth in listings over the past year
20/11/2015 - 14:39
Airbnb, the world’s leading community driven hospitality company, today announced that it has grown home listings in South Africa to more than 13 000, an increase of 163% over a year ago and a 38% rise since its last market update at the end of July 2015. South Africa remains Airbnb’s largest market in Africa, with strong performance from Cape Town in particular.

Private companies cashing in on government failure in SA
17/11/2015 - 10:13
South Africa’s economy has stagnated, hampered by sluggish growth and a worrying trade deficit.

Tiger pulls out of costly Nigerian unit - Nigeria
17/11/2015 - 09:50
Tiger Brands said on Monday it would cut funding to its struggling Nigerian venture after nearly R1bn in write-downs.

SA businesses could be forced to pay a 1% ‘graduate tax’
17/11/2015 - 09:44
The government is considering ways to fund tertiary education in South Africa, which includes business paying an additional 1% tax.

Woolworths in storm over 'slave ropes'
17/11/2015 - 09:33
Cape Town - Woolworths was involved in a Twitter storm on Monday over ropes that had been photographed draped over black mannequins.