Shoppers get themselves all fried up over processed ‘bacon’
Should a product made from a mixture of pork, chicken – including mechanically recovered meat – and milk be described as “bacon rashers”?
Chloe Hoffmann is not the only one who thinks not.
“The pack was marked bacon . . . [when I] opened the packet to cook it for us‚ [I] was like whaaaaat is this?” she posted on Facebook.
Andy Kerr said: “You are selling us polony and calling it bacon – not cool‚ even if it [is] within legal guidelines.”
The product’s ingredient list reads: “Pork‚ chicken‚ mechanically recovered meat [chicken]‚ water, spices‚ spice extracts . . . contains cow’s milk.” Mechani- cally recovered meat is a pastelike product made by forcing pureed or ground chicken under high pressure through a sieve-type device to separate the bone from the edible meat.
Responding‚ a SPAR spokesperson said SPAR Brands had complied with the South African National Standard for Processed Meat “Reformed Product” classification‚ which allowed for 15% protein to be added to the product.
“The SPAR Brand team has decided that although legally compliant‚ the word ‘bacon’ will be removed [within three weeks] from the Breakfast Fry Rashers to avoid any further issues.”