A final word on boerewors

By Linda Jackson on 06 March 2017

A final word… from the 'horse’s' mouth:

Taken directly from  REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE COMPOSITION AND LABELLING OF RAW
BOEREWORS, RAW SPECIES SAUSAGE AND RAW MlXED SPECIES SAUSAGE

Published under Government Notice No. R. 2718 of 23 November 1990

 

 

Raw boerewors

Raw species sausage

Raw mixed- species sausage

Definition

"boerewors" means any sausage sold under a name in which the word "boerewors" appears either by itself or in combination with any other word or expression;

 

"species sausage" means sausage manufactured predominantly from the meat of a specific species of animal or bird and that is sold under a name in which the name of the species referred to in regulation 4(1)(a)(i) and the word "sausage" appear, either by themselves or in combination with any other word or expression;

 

Meat content

shall be manufactured from the meat of an animal of the bovine, ovine, porcine or caprine species or from a mixture of two or more thereof shall be contained in an edible casing,

Shall be manufactured predominantly from the meat of a specific animal or bird species, shall be contained in an edible casing,

Shall be manufactured from any mixture of the meat of two or more species, shall be contained in an edible casing, and -

 

Please note:

"meat" means the clean, sound and wholesome skeletal musculature and fatty tissue of any animal species, including game or bird species, used as a foodstuff together with any connective tissue, bone, fat and cartilage that occurs naturally in the skeletal musculature of the dressed carcass and head, excluding the musculature of the lips, snout, scalp and ears;

Composition

(a) shall contain a minimum of 90 per cent total meat content and not more than 30 per cent fat content;

(b) shall contain no offal except where such offal is to be used solely as the casing of the raw boerewors;

(c) shall contain no mechanically recovered meat;

(d)  may contain a maximum of 0,02 grams of calcium per 100 gram of the
product mass.

 

(a) shall contain a minimum of 75 per cent total meat content, of which- (i) a minimum of 75 per cent shall be meat of the predominant species, which shall be mentioned in the name

(ii) a maximum of 25 per cent may be meat of anyone or more species

(b) shall not contain more than 30 per cent fat content;

(c) shall contain no offal except where the offal is to be used solely as the casing of the raw species sausage;

 (d) shall contain no mechanically recovered meat;

(e) may contain a maximum of O,02 grams of calcium per 100 grams of the product mass.

(a) shall contain a minimum of 75 per cent total meat content;

(b) shall not contain more than 30 per cent fat content;

(c) shall contain no offal except where the offal is to be used solely as the casing of the raw mixed-species sausage;

(d) shall contain no mechanically recovered meat;

(e) may contain a maximum of O,02 grams of calcium per 100 grams of the product mass.

 

Please note:

"offal" means any part of any animal or bird that is not included in the definition of meat or mechanically recovered meat;

"mechanically recovered meat" means the pulped material consisting predominantly of muscular tissue, collagen, marrow and fat recovered by a process whereby bone and meat are mechanically separated;

Additives

no ingredients shall be added except -

  (a) cereal products or starch;

  (b) vinegar, spices, herbs, salt or other harmless flavourants;

  (c) permitted food additives;

  (d) water. 

Labelling

Any person who sells a foodstuff referred to in these regulations as a pre-packed foodstuff shall, provide the package 0f such pre-packed foodstuff with a Iabel with clear, prominent and easily legible lettering which shall comply with the following requirements:

(a)          in the case of raw boerewors referred to in regulation 3, the name
"Boerewors" shall appear on the main panel of the label in letters not less
than 4,00mm in height;

 

Any person who sells a foodstuff referred to in these regulations as a pre-packed foodstuff shall, provide the package 0f such pre-packed foodstuff with a Iabel with clear, prominent and easily legible lettering which shall comply with the following requirements:

(b) in the case of raw species sausage, the name of the species followed by the word "sausage" shall appear on the main panel of the label in letters not less than 4,00mm in height;

Any person who sells a foodstuff referred to in these regulations as a pre-packed foodstuff shall, provide the package 0f such pre-packed foodstuff with a Iabel with clear, prominent and easily legible lettering which shall comply with the following requirements:

(c) in the case of raw mixed-species sausage, names of the different species, in descending order of mass, followed by
the word "sausage" shall appear on the main panel of the label in letters
not less than 4,OOmm in height: Provided that the word "Game" or
"Venison", as the case may be, may be used as part of the name only if
such name is further qualified by an indication; in descending order of
mass, of all the species of game or venison or other species of animal or bird present;

Ingredient listing on the label

a complete list of ingredients including –

(i) the minimum percentage of meat expressed as a percentage of the product mass; and

(ii) the maximum percentage of fat content, shall be reflected in descending order of mass in any auspicious place on the label in letters not less than 1,00mm in height. 

Labelling for bulk goods not packed

Where raw boerewors, raw species sausage or raw mixed-species sausage is taken and delivered direct to the purchaser from bulk stock, the provisions of subregulation (1) (above) shall not apply to the wrapping or other package in which such sausage is delivered to the consumer but shall, with the exception of the size of lettering referred to in subregulation (1), apply to -

(a) the container of such bulk stock of which the label shall be placed in clear view of and shall be legible to the consumer; or

(b) a poster placed at the point of sale of such foodstuff, which shall be in clear view of an legible to the consumer.

 


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