Home > Diet and nutrition > News Updated 03 January 2014 What the donkey meat scandal taught us DietDoc comments on the donkey meat in processed products which rocked our world in 2013. 0 A donkey and cow - did the meat get mixed up? ~ Related 4 vitamins and nutrients no woman should live without 10 unusual New Year’s resolutions 10 best resolutions ever Vit & Min doses per day » Count calories in food » Is my vegetarian diet balanced? » Ask The Dietitians » 10 foods to boost your immune system Your quick guide to Banting Towards the end of 2013 an article in the Pretoria News highlighted how difficult it is to accurately identify and quantify the ingredients in the food we eat.Donkey meatIn her article, Wendy Knowler of Consumer Watch, discusses the horse meat scandal that recently shook the meat-processing world. Ms Knowler mentions the book Not on the Label by Felicity Lawrence which includes the revelations about the inclusion of non-specified species of meat in processed meat products in many countries.According to Ms Knowler’s article, our local manufacturers admitted that the presence of donkey meat in processed meat products was due to less than satisfactory hygiene practices. In other words, the manufacturers did not clean their mincing machines properly between processing different kinds of meat, thereby contaminating subsequent batches.Read: donkey meat sold as beef in South AfricaThis article highlights not only the dilemma of poor hygiene which is unforgivable, but also the fact that although modern detection techniques are highly sensitive, they are unable to quantify the "contaminant". When testing for parts per million or per billion, probably the only way to prevent contamination during processing is to have completely separate, dedicated production lines for different products.As regards solutions, I would like to suggest that hygiene be applied a great deal more stringently in all food manufacturing processes. It would probably be a good idea if food manufacturers and scientists could sit down together and work out acceptable detection limits for the various tests.Read: Meat products in SA safe, says MinisterI would like to wish all my readers a most successful and healthy 2014! Please send me your questions from 13 January when I will be online again.Dr Ingrid van Heerden, DietDoc.More infoFood safety standards are finally in the spotlightHow to avoid food poisoningReferences:(Knowler W (2013). Horsemeat saga had us fuming..... . Producers admit error due to not cleaning equipment. Pretoria News, 30th December 2013, page. 4.; SAPA-AP (2013). Dr I V van Heerden, DietDoc More in Diet and nutrition Mediterranean diet may help prevent macular degeneration More: Diet and nutritionNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Sex US STIs hit all-time high in 2015 Medical Human right-handedness might go back almost 2 million years Mental health Troubled childhood may boost bipolar risk Diet and nutrition Our genes may soon advise our food and lifestyle choices Lifestyle Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Medical Don't believe these asthma myths From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.