Food for thought

Cowpig

Is that heat and eat meal what it claims to be? Is that really beef or could it be horse?

That’s what European consumers were asking themselves in 2013 when it was revealed a popular range of beef lasagnes actually contained horse meat. The scandal grabbed headlines as it spread across Europe with authorities discovering more mislabelled food, damaging the reputation of the food industry and many businesses. Questions were also raised in New Zealand about the contents of our meat products.

ESR can authenticate meat species in food so our testing was used by media outlets to confirm that products did contain the ingredients stated on the packet. However, very minute traces of two meats not listed on packaging were identified in one product, proving the sensitivity of the tests.

To provide consumers with reassurance that their food is what it claims to be we can identify the exact composition of any food product - testing for purity and authenticating ingredients.

Watch the Campbell Live story here (external link)

Read the NZ Herald story here (external link)