Kangaroo meat hops into Lesotho as beef
RESIDENTS in Lesotho’s capital Maseru may have consumed at least 2.7 tons of kangaroo meat passed off as beef, local media reported.
The Lesotho Times reported that a local meat wholesaler was allegedly supplied with five tons of the dodgy meat, which was mixed with beef.
Small business development minister Chalane Phori told the newspaper that more than half of the de-boned meat might have been consumed by the public before it was withdrawn from shelves.
“The ministry found that about 2.7 tons of the meat have been sold to consumers out of the total of 5 tons that had been imported from South Africa by Econo Foods,” he said.
Town supplier claimed the meat was pure beef, but laboratory tests in South Africa confirmed it was mixed with kangaroo meat trimmings, the Lesotho Times reported.
Efforts were under way to ensure that butcheries which had purchased the meat from Econo Foods returned the product, which Phori said may have entered Lesotho after the temporary lifting of a red-meat import ban during the 2019 festive season.
The meat could have been from kangaroos killed during bushfires that ravaged Australia last November, he added.
Econo Foods management reportedly became suspicious of the meat because of its foul smell and immediately stopped sales and sent it for laboratory tests.