146 samples of biltong(beef jerky), dried meat strips that serve as a popular low-fat snack in South Africa, supposedly made of antelope meat, were tested by researchers at the University of Western Cape. Surprise! Not all made of antelope meat.
All packets labeled ‘beef’ were found to be correct but 90 percent of biltong sticks supposedly made of kudu – a large, curly-horned antelope – were actually horse, pork, beef, giraffe or even kangaroo.
Additionally, one of the species in zebra biltong was found to be that of the endangered mountain zebra. ;_;
But let’s not take that “beef” label for granted! Earlier this week it was also discovered that South African hamburger and sausage products contained species of donkey and water buffalo.