New Meat Scandal: Donkey in South Africa Burgers

But hey, there's no horse in them!
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 26, 2013 10:16 AM CST
New Meat Scandal: Donkey in South Africa Burgers
Who would want to eat this sweet donkey?   (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

If it's any consolation, South African food scientists did not find horse meat in the beef burgers and sausages they tested. What they did find, however, was water buffalo, donkey, and goat meat. A study published by three professors at Stellenbosch University found that 99 of 139 samples contained species not declared in the product label, with the highest incidence in sausages, burger patties, and deli meats. The study also found undeclared pork in 37% of products tested and chicken in 23%. The study's co-author says the "commonplace" mislabeling "poses economic, religious, ethical, and health impacts." (Read more horse meat stories.)

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