Sausage-gate: Porky Lights have 3 times more fat than claimed

Daily Mail - - News - By An­drew Levy

THE COM­PANY ac­cused of claim­ing its sau- sages were health­ier than they are is fac­ing fresh ques­tions af­ter in­de­pen­dent tests sug­gested they have three times as much fat in them as stated.

Porky Lights sausages flew off the shelves ear­lier this year af­ter they were en­dorsed by Slim­ming World for hav­ing just 3 per cent fat. But the di­et­ing group changed its mind af­ter it car­ried out tests, warn­ing they were far more un­healthy.

In a row dubbed ‘sausage-gate’, the prod­uct’s man­u­fac­turer, G White & Co, hit back, say­ing it was the vic­tim of dirty tricks. Now fur­ther tests, by Ruth Dolby, a food sci­en­tist at Not­ting­ham Univer­sity, have found dif­fer­ent pack­ets of Porky Lights had be­tween 6.8 and 9.1 per cent fat.

The same tests re­vealed Slim­ming World own-la­bel sausages had be­tween 2.5 and 3.6 per cent, even less than the 4.5 per cent fat de­clared on pack­ets. Miss Dolby said Porky Lights have ‘ex­tremely vari­able fat lev­els’ and that the man­u­fac­turer ‘is not tak­ing the nec­es­sary steps to en­sure qual­ity con­trol’. Chris Price, of G White & Co, last night said tests by his firm were ‘con­sis­tent’ and that he had called in Trad­ing Stan­dards to back their ve­rac­ity. He added: ‘We stand by our prod­uct.’

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