The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) team of inspectors from the Legal Metrology Division recently seized numerous loaves of bread which were offered for sale tremendously short of the declared weight of 600g.
This was uncovered by inspectors during their routine inspections in the Wellington area. The bread packed in bags declaring them as 600g loaves were found on average to weigh 429g with the lowest weighing a mere 398g.
The loaves were further found to be non-compliant in respect of the required labelling on the packs in that the address of the supplier was not marked on the bags.
The seized loaves of bread were later donated to the Salvation Army.
The address and particulars of the owner of Baked for You, the company that is alleged to have baked and supplied this bread, is being sought, and the NRCS is encouraging anyone who has the information to contact their Cape Town office on 021-526-3420 to ensure that perpetrators can be brought to justice.
The NRCS would like to urge consumers to be vigilant at all times and to report suspected short measure products. This is in line with the NRCS's mandate to protect human health, safety, the environment and ensuring fair trade. - (Health24, August 2010)