We’re delighted to see that Slimming World have officially stated at the weekend that they ‘would welcome the opportunity to add the (Porky Lights) sausages to (their) database’ when we can ‘provide regular, reliable lab results that show that Porky Lights are consistently low fat, as stated on (the) packaging’.
This is wonderful news for some of our customers who have been left in doubt about the true fat content of Porky Lights since Slimming World announced their decision to increase the low fat sausage’s Syn value to one of a normal sausage. We have consistently tested and retested our Porky Lights and our customers have continued to express their support for the sausage but whilst doubt remains, confidence in Porky Lights is affected. We decided to give Trading Standards the ‘last word’ on the matter and their results are now in.
They tested four samples of Porky Lights and their results average 3.89% (3.89g in 100g fat). This is very slightly higher than the 3g fat content that is stipulated as a requirement for a product to be labelled low fat but considerably lower than the tolerances allowed for according to the Public Analysts’ guidelines for the manufacturing of a natural product such as a pork sausage (1.5g per 100g of fat). This means the Porky Lights are well below the maximum tolerance and allowed by the Public Analyst and Trading Standards.
The BBC One Show have also undertaken their own independent tests on Porky Lights bought from the Porky Whites online store. We dispatched the products from our factory unaware that the true purpose of the purchase was to commission another Public Analyst to undertake their own tests. Their results are the subject of a filmed piece that was broadcast earlier (7.00pm 20th April 2017) which are consistent with our own results from Trading Standards. They come in a little higher with an average fat content of 5.0g per 100g based on three samples but their tests were based on uncooked sausages and our tests based on cooked. Grilling a sausage or cooking on a dry heat usually accounts for about another 1-2% loss in fat bringing their results in line with ours and well within the allowed tolerances outlined above. We choose to base our tests on cooked products because this is more representative of how they are eaten and this is broadly speaking, the industry standard. Slimming World also choose to test on their own low fat sausages when cooked which incidentally have a higher value of 4.5g per 100g.
In order to support the results of both Trading Standards, two Public Analysts and the BBC, we have collated the last 18 months of nutritional analysis undertaken by UKAS food laboratories that consistently state the fat content of Porky Lights is consistent with a low fat sausage and as stated on the packaging. We sincerely hope that this will bring an end to the confusion and public concern around this popular product and Slimming World will feel confident in immediately reinstating it on their database with it’s original 1/2 Syn value.
As a family run business that has really felt the impact of all of the recent interest, we want to express our sincere thanks to all of the kind messages of support from our customers and who’ve continued to purchase and enjoy our products and hope that they can now return to enjoying Porky Lights in the full knowledge that they can be enjoyed as part of a low fat diet.
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