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 NEXT ON HEALTH24X What do your toilet cleaner and potato chips have in common? 2018-03-27 13:10 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 Diet and nutrition The world is getting fatter and fatter Lifestyle ‘I conquered my fear of heights by climbing to the top of a 15-metre high wall’ Medical Gum disease can be prevented Lifestyle 15-year-old girl: ‘I chatted with a stranger who sent nude pictures of himself’ Medical Are you going deaf or do you just need to unblock your ears? Lifestyle 5 ways to get your road rage under control From our sponsors Win a R1 500 hamper with Alpecin Hypertension Consumer Fact Sheet Understanding diabetes self-management WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Live healthier Mental health & your work » How open are you about mental illness in the workplace? Mental health in the workplace – what you can do to help If you know that one of your colleagues suffers from a mental illness, would you be able to help them at work? Maligay Govender offers some helpful mental health "first aid" tips. Sleep & You » Sleep vs. no sleep Diagnosis of insomnia 6 things that are sabotaging your sleep Kick these shut-eye killers to the kerb and make your whole life better – overnight.