County Fair, a division of Astral Foods, has allegedly been selling short measure chicken products, the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) said and will be taken to court.
“The company has been selling short mass chicken products and all attempts by the NRCS to get the company to correct and or withdraw its non-complying products from the market failed,” the regulator said in a statement.
Astral Foods, however, stated that it had rectified the situation. “We have agreed our interpretation of the law has been incorrect but we have rectified it,” Theo Delport, MD for the Poultry Division of Astral Foods, told Sapa.
Delport said that the violation was a “one-off”, which had not been malicious, but a misinterpretation of the act regarding the process of “glazing” chickens. A process which has since ceased.
Astral foods state that it was a first offence, and after the NRCS's Legal Metrology Division in Cape Town visited them earlier this year and pointed it out, they had fixed it.
The NRCS's Legal Metrology Division in Cape Town had laid charges at Elsies River police station against Country Fair in the Western Cape for repeated violation of the Legal Metrology Act, it said.
“During inspections at Country Fair, the following chicken products: Spar mix portions 2kg, Country Fair braai cuts 2kg, Country Fair drumstick 2 kg, Pick n Pay no name braai cuts 2kg, were found to be short measure and were sold to consumers,” the NRCS said.