Since their launch last year, Porky Lights have become something of a national phenomenon amongst sausage lovers. Their very low 3% fat content and minimal calorie count of just 78 calories per sausage, has meant that they are enjoyed by thousands of people who are watching their weight. Slimming World’s independent accreditation of just half a Syn per sausage for Porky Lights has also contributed a huge amount to the sausages’ popularity.
G White & Co, the makers of Porky Lights are a family run business that introduced these sausages to sit alongside their family favourites Porky Whites as a response to the demand from customers for a low fat option. Every aspect of the development of the product has been through a rigorous process, making sure that the product is delicious and wholesome whilst maintaining a low fat content. There is no mystery to this — it is done by using only the leanest cuts of pork so that we can maintain the optimum meat content but without raising the fat content.
The nutritional values are the result of the most stringent tests we can use. The tests are completed, calculated and certificated by independent, UKAS accredited, food analysis laboratories. And as a ‘belt and braces’ approach to making sure our published values are accurate, we not only use UKAS accredited labs (the highest level of accreditation we can) but we run identical, parallel tests through different UKAS labs at least once a month, to double check the findings as part of our own quality control. There is a nominal variance that is expected from any fresh product but well within the tolerances that the food industry works to.
Slimming World’s recent re-valuation of the Porky Lights Syn value as a result of some new tests has come to light and is causing concern amongst Porky Lights customers. G White & Co are currently in dialogue with Slimming World to establish how their values were ascertained but want to unequivocally state that the Slimming World results are neither consistent between their own batch tests and are highly inconsistent with the nutritional results that have been produced by numerous tests, over a number of months from a number of independent UKAS approved food laboratories. We have only the interests of our customers at this time and have published our most recent set of nutritional results for all to see. We hope to be working closely with Slimming World to understand how their results differ from the findings of other laboratories and hope that once clarified, the temporary withdrawal of Porky Lights from the Slimming World’s Syns Database can be reversed and Porky Lights fans can enjoy their sausages in the full knowledge that they really are only 3% fat and 78 calories per sausage.
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