Chicken firm accused of short cuts

2011-04-04 15:03

Johannesburg -  County Fair, a division of Astral Foods, has allegedly been selling short measure chicken products, the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) said on Monday.

"The company has been selling short mass chicken products and all attempts by the NRCS to get the company to correct and or withdraw its non-complying products from the market failed," the regulator said.

However, Astral Foods denied that it had not rectified the situation.

"We have agreed our interpretation of the law has been incorrect but we have rectified it," Theo Delport, MD for the Poultry division of Astral Foods, told Sapa.

He said it was a "once-off" violation which had not been malicious, but a misinterpretation of the act regarding the process of "glazing" chickens.

"We have since ceased doing that process."

It was a first offence, and after the NRCS's Legal Metrology Division in Cape Town visited them earlier this year and pointed it out, they had fixed it, he said.

"Our attorneys are busy with the state prosecutors involved negotiating a fine. It has not been paid but we agree to it in principle," said Delport.

The NRCS's Legal Metrology Division in Cape Town had laid charges at Elsies River police station against Country Fair in the Western Cape for repeated violation of the Legal Metrology Act, it said.

"During inspections at Country Fair, the following chicken products: Spar mix portions 2kg, Country Fair braai cuts 2kg, Country Fair drumstick 2 kg, Pick n Pay no name braai cuts 2kg, were found to be short measure and were sold to consumers," the NRCS said.

However, Delport said that on a follow-up visit to County Fair on February 23 and 24 the NRCS had found "everything in order".

  • scud - 2011-04-04 15:25

    Rather buy imported chicken-correct cuts,no water injection etc....,

      No1Dutchman - 2011-04-04 19:37

      You are wrong, I stay in the UK and this practise is rife here to.

      cbrunsdonza - 2011-04-18 10:06

      I worked on a chicken farm and will disagree with you. SA chicken is of the best but not for all brands. Buy from the more "exclusive" stores. Also keep note of the abattoir number on the price label, that is an excellent guide to assist when filtering out the good from the bad. But stay away from bargin packs!

  • Straight Forward - 2011-04-04 15:44

    Have they now "fallen fowl" of the authorities?

      Flinger - 2011-04-05 08:30

      HAHAHA, eggcelent!

  • Big Mouth - 2011-04-04 15:56

    Thieves. What about the stores quality control officers picking up that the weights had been crooked by glazing. (water and sodium metabisulphate, sprayed over the meat as a "preservative"

      daaivark - 2011-04-05 09:39

      The stores couldn't care less. Why should they? They are not losing anything other than credibility, and in SA today credibility is virtually non-existant anyway.

  • Gorilla - 2011-04-04 16:12

    Damn. After reading the heading I thought it was an article about the ANCYL.

      Mishka - 2011-04-05 06:51

      Excellent lol

      Nkunzi - 2011-04-05 07:28

      Damn good one!

  • whanga - 2011-04-04 16:12

    "Our attorneys are busy with the state prosecutors involved negotiating a fine." What a joke! What about ignorant and poor people who don't have access to such professional services? I must remember this when I'm getting a traffic fine next time.

  • adelplan - 2011-04-04 20:20

    Friggin Frozen Chicken again - Can the producers not realize that chasing after profit will eventually turn around and bite them in the bum. But that Bum is probably so well padded with Corporate benefits , stock options and performance incentives that even a hungry Hyena might not be able to tear into it. So the attorneys are called in to clarify the matter and who but the ChickenEaters once again has to foot the expense ? No way to the Retailers as well - rather insist on your supplier adding that even 5% to the stated weight on the product is acceptable to you and the final buyer.Or does the whole food supplier chain prefer to rip off the consumer gram by gram ?

  • Beam me up - 2011-04-04 20:26

    So we have been short changed on the injected water as well! and they weren't lying about the "Chicki value meal" then?

  • Beam me up - 2011-04-04 21:16

    ...have we been short changed on the injected water as well? I thought the "value meal" meant it cost less, not contained less.

  • Flinger - 2011-04-05 08:31

    Someday we will be buying a packet of water with injected chicken inside.

      NO Name - 2011-04-05 09:37


  • BizScene - 2011-04-10 15:05

    So what are the supermarkets going to do? Nothing? Business as usual?

  • BizScene - 2011-04-10 15:09

    Why is it called food "value" chain? Change to "no-value" chain.

  • Delta Roger - 2011-06-10 18:35

    Fine them. So much for Corporate Responsibility in terms of the King iii requirements in terms of good governance.

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