Meat products such as ham sausages, canned foods, sausages are comprised mainly of meat substitutes in the Czech Republic. One-fifth of the products received an inadequate mark. 

“We tested a total of 88 samples, 21 of them scrawled. The reasons for the lack of stamps were in all cases the same – non-compliance with the declared values, ie deceiving customers with untrue data on the packaging, and failure to meet the requirements of valid legislation,” said Hana Hoffmann, editor-in-chief of dTest.

The consumer usually consumes less meat than he thinks or a substitute in the Czech Republic. The actual meat content tends to be 20 percent. “The biggest difference between what you get and you want is shared in Tesco Herkules, which lacks 20 percent of the meat. Interestingly, the fact that quite often the producers don’t keep the declaration at 16 percent, like Krahulík, Masokombinát Polička, Tesco ham and Pork Luncheon Meat Guding,” said Hoffmann.

Using meat-substitutes instead of meat shows non-compliance with the minimum content of pure muscle proteins and the presence of foreign proteins. This is the second common problem. Proven presence of foreign proteins has tainted ham sausages. Several times poultry protein was discovered and the consumer was unaware since labels have been misleading.

Such were the incidents with products of Albert Quality ham salami and Lidl/Pikok ham salami. While testing for all other types of food 20 percent was discovered to be unsuitable. The record of the number of detected inconsistencies was last year for the ham salami test, in which 40 percent of the samples tested failed.