Anyone who regularly shops for groceries will have noticed that despite official inflation figures, the cost of a few bags of groceries has shot up alarmingly in recent months.
Increasingly squeezed, as we are, by other basic costs which our salary increases aren’t keeping pace with – fuel and electricity, for starters – there’s never been a better time to have a long, hard look at what we’re choosing to put into our trolleys.
Dawn Connell’s son lived in the UK for some years where he routinely bought frozen chicken portions which he cooked at low heat for a long time until they were soft and tasty, and then used the flesh to make sandwiches or quick meals.
“Having returned to South Africa, he bought a 2kg pack of frozen chicken portions, and cooked them the way he did overseas,” Dawn told Consumer Watch. “But he was astounded when he took the dish out of the oven – the pieces were swimming in a watery, oily liquid. He then weighed the pieces and discovered that they were very slightly over 1kg. Do you think the company is injecting their frozen chicken with water?”