The fatness is indicated numerically:
000 111 222 333 444 555 666.
0 indicates no fat and 6 indicates a lot of fat.
If my establishment (abattoir, butchery, processing plant, retailer) complies with the specifications of the Karoo Meat of Origin standard do I then automatically comply with the legal requirements of the new legislation on food labeling; the Meat Safety Act and the Consumer Protection Act?
Yes, Karoo Meat of Origin standards are all encompassing and the intention is to comply with all South African legislation and regulations. There are different standards for farmers, abattoirs, packer/processor, restaurants, etc. to ensure compliance throughout the chain.
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is responsible for the administration of the Agricultural Product Standards Act, 1990 (APS Act). Certain packing and marking requirements are addressed, as it impacts on the presentation of the product to the consumer.
There are classification regulations for meat published in terms of the APS Act (Regulations regarding the classification and marking of meat intended for sale in the Republic of South Africa - Government Notice No. R. 863 of 1 September 2006). These regulations involve the classification and roller-marking of beef, mutton and pork carcasses. In terms of these regulations no quality mark, other than those classification marks prescribed by the regulations, may be indicated on a carcass or the meat coming from a carcass (So it is prohibited to indicate any quality mark on meat - i.e. a mark that may influence the choice of the consumer).
23. (1) No mark, roller-mark or other method of expression that directly or by implication constitutes a misrepresentation shall be marked on a carcass, container or outer container of meat;
(2) The words "super", "prime", "prima", "top", "choice", "keur", "quality", "kwaliteit", "extra", "ekstra" or "ultra" or any other word or expression which directly or by implication creates or may create the impression that meat or a carcass is of a special or particular quality other than a characteristic referred to in these regulations, may not be marked on the container of meat or stamped on a carcass.
However, there is allowance made for quality marks ("Trade Marks") for red meat such as "Karoo lamb". The "Karoo Meat of Origin" quality mark was "registered" with the Department and is used on the carcasses and the meat coming from the carcasses. Karoo Meat of Origin applied to make use of the "Karoo Meat of Origin" quality mark through supplying the Department with a KMOO protocol. The KMOO protocol is now audited by SAMIC (SA Meat Industry Company, the assignee of the Department) to ensure that Karoo Meat of Origin - and everybody in the chain using the meat - complies with the standard.
When was the Karoo Development Foundation established?
The Karoo Development Foundation was established in early 2009 as an inter vivos trust (nr IT1498/2009) in terms of Section 6 (1) of the Trust Property Control Act (Act 57 of 1988).
What is the objective of the Karoo Meat of Origin project?
The objective of the Foundation is to act as a custodian of the intellectual property rights that vest in the name "Karoo" and to work towards ensuring that the benefits that flow from commercialisation of the Karoo heritage benefits communities within the region.
Why a certification mark for the Karoo?
The name "Karoo" has been abused and misappropriated by many businesses not based in the Karoo. The economic benefits have been taken from the people of the Karoo. Now for the first time a certification mark will guarantee that you are buying true Karoo meat.