National 22.9.2016 07:00 am

Court clips chicken body’s wings

Frozen chicken|Supplied

Frozen chicken|Supplied

Government’s bid for regulation followed a public outcry about certain producers injecting excessive volumes of brine.

The South African Poultry Association has lost its bid to set aside government’s introduction of regulations to cap the amount of brine allowed in frozen chicken.

Yesterday in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, Judge Hans Fabricius ruled that Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana’s decision to introduce the regulations on October 22, limiting the brining level for chicken portions to 15%, protected the public.

Government’s bid for regulation followed a public outcry about certain producers injecting excessive volumes of brine, in some cases up to 60%, into frozen chicken pieces, sold by weight.

The National Consumer Union is of the view that no brine should be added to chicken, while the Heart and Stroke Foundation expressed concern about the salt content in brine being bad for consumers’ health.

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