Speaker, the ANC supports the view that those who are involved in the meat mislabelling scandal should be brought to book. It is disturbing to hear that popular retail stores stock products with undeclared meat contents.
It was reported recently that major food chain stores, such as Pick 'n Pay, Shoprite, Fruit & Veg, Woolworths, and Spar stock incorrectly labelled meat. Their meat is said to be contaminated with donkey, water buffalo, goat, and pork. The work that was done by Stellenbosch University and the University of the Western Cape to expose the contamination of meat must be taken seriously. According to the University of Stellenbosch study, nearly 60% of 139 products tested contained ingredients which were not listed on those products' labels.
The ANC thus supports the call for a stronger collaboration between the government departments of Health, Trade and Industry, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and meat suppliers to ensure that this practice does not continue. I thank you. [Applause.]