Charitable organizations in different parts of the country offer poor people meat containing very high levels of fat, soybeans and starch, so they can not be classified as meat.
A SAMA investigation showed that 1,500 tonnes of meat delivered last summer contained too little meat to be classified as meat. About half of this amount is still stored in chillers of charitable organizations, the agency said.
“We are very shocked to note that a supplier has thought that our regulatory actions on products for the poor will be weaker,” an FAO official said.
Although these products are suitable for human consumption, potential fraud is a crime in France. Those involved may face up to two years’ imprisonment and fined 1.5 million euros. The official said the results of the investigation would be handed over to the French prosecution.