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    Wednesday, 22 March 2017

    Slimming World’s Battle with ‘Porky Lights’ Sausages Escalates, Trading Standards Involved

    A few weeks ago, we reported on the fact that UK-based weight loss organisation Slimming World had removed Porky Lights, a range of supposedly low-fat sausages manufactured by Surrey-based G White & Co, from their approved list after testing indicated that the product was in fact much higher in fat content than claimed. G White & Co heavily disputed their findings, but neither side has since been willing to back down on their claims, and as such the row has continued to escalate.

    Porky Lights are advertised as containing just 78 calories and 3% fat, which led to Slimming World giving the product a classification of half a ‘Syn’. However, after those at Slimming World became “concerned about the fatty texture” of the product, additional nutritional analysis was conducted.

    According to Slimming World, their concerns proved to be justified, as the sausages were found to be “much higher in fat than the nutritional information on the product's packaging had indicated”. Following their initial announcement however, Managing Director of G White & Co, Chris Price, fired back. He stated that Slimming World’s results were “highly inconsistent” and “grossly misleading”. He even went so far as to accuse the company of basing their statement on analysis undertaken by a rival manufacturer, rather than conducting their own tests.

    Slimming World have now reignited the debate, issuing the results of their latest tests on the sausages along with the following statement:

    “We felt it was important to obtain our own test reports because G White & Co, the company who make Porky Lights, were publicly accusing us of relying on sabotaged test results commissioned by competitor companies - in effect suggesting that we were misleading our members and seeking to discredit their company.

    “The results of the new tests show that the fat content of the sausages varied enormously and none of the sausages we sent for testing were actually low fat. The results clearly show that the average fat content is anything between 8.7g per 100g and 19.4g per 100g - all significantly higher than the 3.8g per 100g fat (or 2.5g fat per sausage) declared on the nutrition information on Porky Lights' packaging.

    “These results are in addition to the previous test results which we were shown by one of our suppliers, which consisted of eight reports showing average fat contents ranging from 9.6g per 100g to 19.1 g per 100g.

    “As these results show that the fat levels are both high and very inconsistent we have communicated to our 4,500 Consultants across the UK and Ireland to let them know that we are unable to give even an estimated Syn value for Porky Lights at this time.”

    And once again, G White & Co is disputing the claims by releasing their own nutritional data and ordering “a considerable programme of further additional testing.” They also issued the following statement:

    “Questions are being raised about the broader methodologies of the food testing processes themselves but G. White & Co stand by the fact that they employ the highest level of food testing available to food manufacturers and repeatedly exceed the testing standards that are required to back up their nutritional claims in order to maintain their stringent quality control.

    “In order to expedite the process of giving complete and absolute assurance to its highly valued customers and to protect its impeccable reputation, G. White & Co have invited Trading Standards to now step in.

    “In the meantime, the Porky Lights range is set to expand with the addition of the Porky Whites British Beef Chuck Steak Burger that is currently listed on the Slimming World database at only half a 'Syn' per burger.”

    Sam Bonson

    Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.
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