According to Reuters, a study testing meat found donkey, water buffalo, goat and other unlisted ingredients in almost two thirds of its samples. The researchers tested burgers, ground beef and sausages and found a hodge podge of ingredients that didn't belong, including soya, gluten and sometimes unidentified pork and chicken.
This shows poor labeling is commonplace in South Africa, the researchers told the media, adding they had the feeling meat plants might be cobbling together various cuts in a mincer and slapping on the word sausage.
No doubt others have the feeling they're about to lose their lunch.
Today was partly cloudy with a 68 percent chance of you have eaten donkey.
— Deep Fried Man (@DeepFriedMan) February 26, 2013
However, some social media users suggest it isn't such a big deal to eat donkey and goat.
Calm down. I ate lots of goat and buffalo in Namibia & donkey in Lesotho. All grass eaters & taste great > guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb…
— Max du Preez (@MaxduPreez) February 26, 2013
The point isn't really that donkey is safe to eat, though, it's the idea that people don't seem to know what they're putting in their mouths much of the time.
South Africa's Red Meat Producers' Association is calling for prosecution of those at fault for slipping bits of unidentified meat into food, according to the Associated Press.
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The unfolding of mystery meat scandals worldwide raises questions about who the asses really are in this situation: the people selling the food or the ones eating it.
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