A single bag of frozen chicken can consist of pieces from as many as five different countries, which is not only confusing for consumers but can have serious health implications. This is because SA has no laws ensuring the effective traceability of imported poultry products and its safety, according to the South African Poultry Association, which has thrown its weight behind this week’s planned march to Parliament by the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu), which wants legislators to push for stricter regulations for poultry imports. The union’s members package the chicken that arrives in frozen block form by ship from Brazil, the US and other countries and have raised concern about "relabelled expired frozen chicken" that is then sold in SA. The association’s CEO, Charlotte Nkuna, said the issue with the labelling of imported chic-ken was that the origin of the product was not clear as it was imported in bulk and reworked into small packages. "They mix products from many sources w...

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