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Sausage contained 104 percent meat

Sausage contained 104 percent meat

Published: 20 Mar 2011 11:20 GMT+01:00
Updated: 20 Mar 2011 11:20 GMT+01:00

A Swedish man has reported a charcuterie in the north of Sweden to the Consumer Agency (Konsumentverket). The reason – according to the label there is too much meat in the sausages.

The man, who purchased his sausages in the ski resort of Åre, was surprised to find that the meat content was 104 percent.

“Personally I can’t accept that anything contains over 100 percent. And this sausage couldn’t possibly contain more than 100 percent meat as there are other ingredients stated on the label,” he wrote in the report.

After reading the label, the man asked the shop how the percentage of meat in the sausages could be so high.

He was told that more meat is required in making the sausage than actually ends up in the product.

However, not satisfied with this he decided to report the misleading label to the consumer agency, according to Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.

At Trångsvikens Chark AB, the charcuterie that make the sausages, they agree that the labelling can be difficult to understand.

CEO Marcus Färnström explained to local newspaper Länstidningen Östersund that what it actually means is 104 grammes meat has been used per every 100g sausage.

“Of course there is a different way to declare the ingredients and perhaps that is what we’re going to have to do,” he told Länstidningen Östersund.

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11:58 March 20, 2011 by Nemesis
I am glad he reported it.

Accurate packaging on food should be enforced by law.
12:42 March 20, 2011 by Frobobbles
I agree to 110%.
13:00 March 20, 2011 by Twiceshy
Just don't show any naked photo's of it - we know some are real touchy about that! Whatever the number, 104 or 9 or...
14:00 March 20, 2011 by nickknock
Is this in reaction to the US restaurant Taco Bell, which is accused of only being 32% or less meat?
16:01 March 20, 2011 by Cage
Another Swedish jerkoff with nothing to do except point out miscalculations and statistical errors.
16:45 March 20, 2011 by mojofat
I'm 100% sure this article is 113% waste of time.
17:32 March 20, 2011 by eZee.se
79% of statistics are made up on the spot anyway...
21:23 March 20, 2011 by wxman
Personally, I'm a million percent sure it was at least 104% meat. I love statistics! ;)
07:12 March 21, 2011 by Ade70
60% of the time, it works every time.
08:12 March 21, 2011 by Da Goat
I think they should be reporting what you get out of it not what they put in as some of the stuff they put in would frighten you stupid!

they must be thick sausages to be stuffed that full, LOL.
08:51 March 21, 2011 by rfmann
What, there is actual meat in sausages??
09:27 March 21, 2011 by Pont-y-garreg
Charcuterie? This is not the English word. I think you mean "butcher", or maybe pork butcher. Charcuterie is the French word for the place where the meat is smoked. More Swenglish in The Local.
10:04 March 21, 2011 by J Jack
It's extra compacted.
10:22 March 21, 2011 by mikewhite
How "charcuterie" can (allegedly) be Swenglish is in itself a marvel of language
11:02 March 21, 2011 by joeyt
Charcuterie is an English word, though it's obviously borrowed from French. You can find it in the Webster dictionary:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/charcuterie
15:53 March 21, 2011 by maxbrando
I'm sure there is a mistake. They must have meant 10%, or 4%. And if you are going to count the amount of beef which went into making it, shouldn't they count the entire cow. After all, they did not just take a small slab out of it.
18:04 March 21, 2011 by Båt-boy
10 out of 7 people have problems with fractions!!
15:38 March 22, 2011 by soultraveler3
I'm actually surprised that something like this was even found in Sweden and that is seems to be swedish made. The sausages in the regular stores here (Coop, Willy's ICA etc) usually contain between 25% and 55% meat, the "best" ones are up to about 62% meat. The only place I've seen higher percentages of meat content is at local butchers and at Lidel.

It's nice that he reported it though, it's silly to lable something as having more than 100% of anything.

@Nickknock- The quality of meat at Taco Bell along with most other fast- food places is scary lol. People go there knowing they're getting crap food though. If we stay on the subject though, the sausages in the US in general, from what I've seen, have a much higher percentage of meat in them than in Sweden, usually 75% or more. I always thought that was weird.
23:46 March 22, 2011 by Fascmouse
68% of statistics are invented on the spot. Everybody knows that.
14:36 March 23, 2011 by eardy9
tell the guy to get a life
22:52 March 27, 2011 by Janis Abens
Aside from all the wise-guy comments, (some are funny), really? You add 104 g meat, other stuff, then the product dries out to 100 g ... what'¨s the issue? You guys should pay attention in science class....
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