As the horsemeat scandal continues to rage through Europe, policymakers and industry are starting to reflect on what caused the crisis, and how it can be avoided in the future. In a recent meeting held in Brussels, EU health and consumer policy commissioner Tonio Borg told members of the European Parliament’s health and food safety committee that it was a lack of proper controls and dissuasive sanctions on fraud in European Union (EU) countries that had caused the scandal.
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The SA poultry industry is in dire need of support from government in order to avoid collapsing as the threat of cheaper imported products adds more pressure to keep costs down. Further exacerbating matters is the prediction by economists that the rand will strengthen, making imports into the country even more affordable. According to Gareth Lloyd-Jones, MD of Ecowize, a hygiene and sanitation company servicing the food and health sector, incidences of chicken dumping in SA are likely to increase over the next few months as suppliers in struggling EU economies look for ways to dispose of surplus product. This will place severe pressure on the already struggling local industry.