A Canadian study published last week in the Food Control journal has found that some 20 percent of sausages sampled from grocery stores across Canada contained meats that were not listed on the label.
The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Guelph and commissioned by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), examined 100 randomly-picked sausages labeled as consisting of just one ingredient — beef, pork, chicken or turkey.
The CFIA commissioned the study after a notorious 2013 European horsemeat scandal in which food labeled as beef was found to either partly or completely consist of horse meat.
“The vast majority — 95 percent of the sausages we tested — had the species that was on the label in them,” Robert Hanner, lead author of the study, told CTV News Channel. “But about 20 percent had certain amounts of other animals in them, Hanner said.