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Outraged South Africans Demand Partial Truth About Meat Products

JOHANNESBURG – As news broke that popular meat products such as burger patties and sausages might actually contain goat and water buffalo meat, scandalised South Africans demanded to be told the partial truth of just where their food came from. “This is not on. I want the facts about exactly what, where and how my meat is slaughtered, processed and packaged,” said aggrieved Durban resident Trish Matthews, adding, “Ok maybe not all the facts, like the killing part and how the animals are treated and all that depressing stuff, but I want the rest of the facts.”

The clamour for half-truths reached fever pitch on Tuesday after Stellenbosch University announced that 99 out of 139 samples tested contained meat that wasn’t listed on the product label. Many South Africans have since reported feeling deeply affronted at being lied to about the only aspect of the meat industry that they don’t want to be lied to about. “The issue isn’t that there’s goat in it, I’ve eaten goat, the issue is that I’m not being told,” said Pretoria housewife Riana Moolman, adding, “Look, obviously I don’t want to be told everything, but I want to be told the stuff that’s relevant to me and doesn’t make me too uncomfortable.” Said Bloemfontein resident Sizwe Mfekwa, “I don’t want the wool pulled over my eyes about the meat I eat. Well, I want it pulled over my eyes a little bit, but not all the way. That’s not right.”

Meanwhile a call has gone up for the media to mercilessly partially uncover some of the things that go on at abattoirs and meat processing plants around the country, with many respondents saying that, “Carte Blanche should totally do a semi-exposé about some, but not all, of the things that happen before the meat reaches our tables.”

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