Crybaby of the week

Can you spot the difference between a lamb leg roast and beef mince? It’s a tricky one, especially for someone particular about their meat eating preferences. Admittedly, it is an easy mistake, and one that anyone could make. If the label on the mince on the right says “NZ Lamb Leg Roast” then clearly any concerned purchaser is going to believe the label and not their lying eyes which should be seeing something like that on the left.

Exhibit A: The label on the meat.

The beef mince was labelled as lamb leg roast

Exhibit B: The final product, looking just like slices of roast.

As a result of this simple mistake, a Hindu man who ate beef mince labelled as lamb leg roast wants a supermarket giant to pay for his trip to India so he can go home to cleanse.

Where is the Don’t-give-a-toss page? I need to contribute. Quote.

Jaswinder Paul, bought a package labelled as lamb roast from Countdown Blenheim at the end of September, then cooked and ate the contents before discovering the meat was beef.

Cows are viewed as sacred in Hinduism, and eating the meat broke his religious vow, he said.

Paul, who moved from India to Blenheim two decades ago, wanted Countdown to cover the costs of his “purification“, he said.

“According to my religion, I have to go back to my country and do sacred things for four to six weeks, and be purified by priests, so I can continue on my religious path. It’s a long process,” he said. End quote.

I would suggest finding a more forgiving God, but it is probably not PC to suggest that.Quote.

The small business owner said he would have to shut his shop, Headmaster Barbers, to travel abroad, costing him income.

He would also have to fork out for return flights to New Delhi, in India, alongside accommodation and food, he said.

His family had not talked to him since he ate the beef, he said.?

A Countdown spokeswoman said Paul approached the organisation in September, after the ordeal. End quote.

Ordeal? Quote.

“Unfortunately, in September last year, an error with our in-store labelling resulted in a pack of our beef mince being sold with both beef and lamb labels, which was incorrect and obviously very confusing,” she said. End quote.

Yeah, I get confused between leg roasts and mince all the time, both being reddish and both sold in the meat section. Quote.

“We’re deeply sorry that this happened. We very much appreciate and respect Mr Paul’s beliefs and certainly there was no intent to incorrectly label the product.”

Countdown replaced the product and also offered Paul a gift voucher “as a goodwill gesture”, which he declined, the spokeswoman said.[…]

Paul said he was considering seeking compensation through the courts.

“I don’t want to go to court against a big corporation. I just want to go home,” he said.

“I understand this looks like a simple matter, but for me this is very hard. I break my religion [vows] because of someone else’s negligence. End quote.

You bought a pack of mince thinking it was a leg roast and that is someone else’s negligence? Quote.

“I know my society back from my home will not accept me with this breach of the religion’s conditions.” End quote.


How exactly does one go back to one’s country and do sacred things for four to six weeks, and be purified by priests if the society back home will not accept you?

Maybe bribe them with a nice succulent NZ lamb leg roast?

To ensure you get correctly labelled meat, buy it here.