Update on Porky Lights

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Update on Porky Lights

Since Slimming World’s decision to reclassify G. White & Co’s Porky Light low fat sausage to the same ‘Syn’ classification as a regular 4.5 ‘Syn’ sausage, there has been a highly publicised, public outcry played out in the press and on social media. Questions have been raised about the credibility of the nutritional claims made about Porky Lights. There has been further questions raised about the motivation and rigour behind Slimming World’s tests that were conducted not by themselves as they officially claimed but by a competitive manufacturer to the family-owned manufacturer of Porky Lights.

The response from G. White & Co has been to reassure its customers that they can rely on the nutritional values displayed on the packs and to back this up, published the actual results from the appointed UKAS laboratories for all to see. As a further measure, G. White & Co have commissioned a considerable programme of further additional testing that have consistently and conclusively demonstrated the nutritional claims to be correct.

Slimming World have since published a new series of results that they have commissioned that indicate that the Porky Light’s fat values are higher than claimed. Their own results show huge inconsistencies in the tests they have conducted including results from the same batch of Porky Lights being over 120% higher in fat tests conducted by one laboratory over the other. Alarmingly, the average fat content values from laboratory 1 over all of the tested products were over 50% higher than the same batches tested by Slimming World’s second laboratory. Consequently, G. White & Co does not consider these results to be robust and finds them to be inexplicably different to the results from its own tests that consistently reveal a fat content nearer 3%.

As an additional test, G. White & Co sent the lean pork trim that is used in the making of Porky Lights to test the fat content. The results showed that the fat content of the meat (the only source of any fat) was less than 7g per 100g and once prepared into sausages, equated to less than 5g per uncooked sausage.

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 Light’s 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.


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