For example, specific information should be provided on the labels of pre-packaged lamb or mutton products to allow consumers to make informed purchase decisions.
Due to the previous mislabelling of meat products in South Africa and the meat scandal that broke in Europe in 2012, specific rules and regulations have been put in place that South African food retailers as well as other role players in the red meat industry need to adhere to.
The importance of the labelling of pre-packaged lamb and mutton can therefore not be emphasized enough. In addition, the printed information provided on the labels and packaging of meat products would allow consumers to compare specific product claims when making purchase decisions.Let's see how much you know...TRUE OR FALSE?The term “Grass-fed” indicates the following:
Animals have been fed a diet that is natural to the animal.
Animals have been raised on a diet almost exclusively of indigenous grass.
Animals have been raised on a diet of indigenous grass as well as grain from a feedlot (a confined area where animal are fed mainly grain to reach a certain target weight).a= true, b= true, c= falseThe term “Free range” indicates the following:
Animals were allowed to roam freely in large pastures for their entire lives prior to slaughtering.
Animal were not fed from a feedlot (a confined area where animals are fed mainly grain to reach a certain target weight).
Animals had ready access to the outdoors, fresh water and a natural diet to maintain full health and vigour.
Meat classified as “Age Class A”.d= true, e= true, f= true, g= falseThe term “Antibiotic free” indicates:
Animals were not given routine antibiotics.
Animals may have received routine antibiotics.h= true, i= falseThe term “hormone free” indicates:
No hormones were given when raising the animal.
Animals may have received hormones during raising.j= true, k= falseThe term “Country of origin” is used:
When describing from which country the meat product comes (i.e. South Africa / Namibia).i= trueThe term “Geographic region” is used:
To describe the specific region where the meat product comes from.m= true
The term “Karoo lamb” means:
The animal was raised in the Karoo.
The animal was not allowed to roam freely.
The animal was given routine antibiotics.
The animal was fed in a feedlot (a confined area where animals are fed mainly grain to reach a certain target weight) before slaughter.
The animal grazed on specific Karoo bushes, contributing to the unique taste of Karoo lamb.n= true, o= false, p= false, q= false, r= true
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