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Retailers charged in thawed pork fiasco

Posted by jtsmyth8 on December 14, 2007

The National Environment Agency (NEA) has slapped 31 pork retailers with fines of $300 each, this year for passing off thawed frozen pork as chilled pork.In a statement on Friday, the Consumer Association of Singapore (CASE) said it takes a serious view of this and advises consumers to be extra careful when making such purchases.

CASE said meat, either chilled or frozen is flown from the abattoir to retailers to ensure that consumers here enjoy fresh produce.

Chilled fresh meat is more expensive than its frozen equivalent because of transportation costs, handling charges and shorter shelf life.

For example, chilled fresh pork costs about 50 per cent more than the frozen version.

CASE said given the price difference, ‘some traders are tempted to pass off the thawed frozen meat as chilled fresh meat’.

‘This is compounded by the ignorance of consumers to judge visually whether the slab of meat is chilled or formerly frozen,’ it added. (story)


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