Some hams sold in supermarkets contain too little meatTuesday, 27 February 2018 16:59
According to the association, eight of the 34 products tested had no information on the percentage of meat they contained. Ten reported a meat content of less than 95%, while one mentioned just 72%. Three of the tested hams did not match the legal definition of ham or barely matched it: they contained too much water and too little animal protein.
Two ingredients are enough to make cooked ham, Test Achats recalls: the upper pig leg and brine. However, the association observed that the industrial versions sold by supermarkets contained many other elements. Some manufacturers do not hesitate to add cheaper fillings such as water, starch or gelatin.
Moreover, pre-wrapped cooked hams often contain a series of additives used to enhance the colour, texture and conservation of the product. These include nitrates, nitrite, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), food acids, anti-oxydants, polyphosphates, thickeners and flavouring.
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