Kan­ga­roo meat hops into Le­sotho as beef

Pretoria News - - THE X-FILES - | African

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.

Econo Foods

Le­sotho’s Cape

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.

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