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South Australian man angry at Woolworths for devon meat

A South Australian man has lashed out at supermarket giant Woolworths for incorrectly calling meat products ‘Devon’ instead of ‘Fritz.’

Damian Leach, who appears to frequent the store for his weekly shop, posted a viral rant on the Woolworths Facebook page pointing out that his Australian state does not use the term Devon to describe a rounded slice of meat. 

‘We need to have a talk,’ the tongue-in-cheek post began.

Alongside his rant Mr Leach supplied a photo of the rounded slice, which was clearly marked with the word ‘Devon’, to plead his case (pictured)

Mr Leach then proceeded to give the corporation a history lesson in the form of our Constitution. 

‘In case you missed Year Seven civics, you may have missed the part of your education which covered that Australia is made up of a federation of states, along with two territories,’ he said.

‘As part of this, the Commonwealth retains the right to make laws in accordance with section 51 of the Constitution. It has long been recognised that Section 51 enumerated the powers the commonwealth held, with the ability to make laws in other areas, left residual for the state parliaments to decide.’

Commenters began to fight about the correct term below the rant - with many claiming it could also be called 'baloney' and 'Belgium' (pictured)

Commenters began to fight about the correct term below the rant – with many claiming it could also be called ‘baloney’ and ‘Belgium’ (pictured)

One Facebook commenter poked fun at the rowdy rant by saying South Australia was very similar to England

One Facebook commenter poked fun at the rowdy rant by saying South Australia was very similar to England

Commenters underneath the rant were quick to claim it had more than one kind of name - others joking there should be a plebiscite to decide on the correct term

Commenters underneath the rant were quick to claim it had more than one kind of name – others joking there should be a plebiscite to decide on the correct term

In case readers were starting to tune out of the clearly well-educated Mr Leach’s tirade, he brought matters back to the present day. 

‘Why do I bring this to your attention? I have read my constitution cover to cover, and I can recite our S. 51 off by heart… however, I can tell you, there is nothing in there that says ‘there shall be a consistent National term for processed meats, and it shall be called Devon.’

Alongside his rant Mr Leach supplied a photo of the rounded slice, which was clearly marked with the word ‘Devon’, to plead his case. 

One commenter poked fun at South Australia's supposed superiority of the states

One commenter poked fun at South Australia’s supposed superiority of the states

Facebook readers mocked the rant by suggesting it was a little unnecessary 

Facebook readers mocked the rant by suggesting it was a little unnecessary 

The preferred method of consumption is with tomato sauce on white bread

The preferred method of consumption is with tomato sauce on white bread

Fritz is traditionally smoked meat mixed with flour, starch, seasonings and water to bind and encased in a sheep appendix (the rant above)

Fritz is traditionally smoked meat mixed with flour, starch, seasonings and water to bind and encased in a sheep appendix (the rant above)

‘I took this photo in a South Australian Woolworths supermarket last week. I hope you are as shocked as I am.

‘This resembles Fritz. In South Australia we call it as we see it, and when you say fritz you get an image of what it is… like fritz and sauce sangas. What the hell even is Devon other than a small county in South West England,’ he added.

‘We were the only state without convicts and your cultural imperialism will be halted here.’

Mr Leach went on to add that South Australia had brought numerous innovations to the fore – and would likely go on to defeat the Tigers in this weekend’s AFL grand final.

Others pointed out that the name of this processed meat was a small world problem

Others pointed out that the name of this processed meat was a small world problem

Fritz is traditionally smoked meat mixed with flour, starch, seasonings and water to bind and encased in a sheep appendix

Fritz is traditionally smoked meat mixed with flour, starch, seasonings and water to bind and encased in a sheep appendix

And while the Eastern Australian states of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria prefer the term 'Belgium' or 'Devon', it is still called 'Fritz' in South Australia and 'polony' in Western Australia

And while the Eastern Australian states of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria prefer the term ‘Belgium’ or ‘Devon’, it is still called ‘Fritz’ in South Australia and ‘polony’ in Western Australia

Others were quick to name some strange items that differ around Australia

Others were quick to name some strange items that differ around Australia

‘South Australia is a leader in many areas, space technology, renewable energies, and we are confident we will hold the AFL premiership after this weekend, again playing in the Eastern states when we deserve home ground advantage,’ he confirmed.

‘Australia does not finish at the Blue Mountains… there is no Brisbane line any more.

‘I trust you will change your distribution chain and train your employees to correctly prepare and distribute our fritz to us once again, and respect our unique and superior culture.’

Devon vs Fritz: What are the different names?

Devon is usually described as ‘meat including pork’ and is comprised of a combination of binders, spicers and different kinds of pork.

Fritz on the other hand has a casing around the rounded meat made up of sheep appendix.

In Western Australia the popular cheap meat is known as polony.

The preferred method of consumption is on white bread with tomato sauce.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Woolworths for comment. 

Fritz is traditionally smoked meat mixed with flour, starch, seasonings and water to bind and encased in a sheep appendix. 

And while the Eastern Australian states of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria prefer the term ‘Belgium’ or ‘Devon’, it is still called ‘Fritz’ in South Australia and ‘polony’ in Western Australia.

Comments underneath the rant were quick to claim it had more than one kind of name – others joking there should be a plebiscite to decide on the correct term. 

 

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