Saturday, 9 February 2013

Flogging a Dead Horse

It an offal story and you would need to have been living in the jungles of South America to have missed out on the latest scandal to appear during the Con-a-Lib tenure of office. This time the fiasco is about horse meat being added to our food under the guise of beef! I think this story will run and run if the perpetrators are not reigned in.

Just who is "Flogging A Dead Horse

Back in January, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland said that its found beefburgers with traces of equine DNA, including one product classed as 29% horse, are being supplied to supermarkets by Silvercrest Foods in Ireland and Dalepak Hambleton located in Yorkshire, subsidiaries of the ABP Food Group. Ten million suspect burgers are quickly taken off the the supermarket shelves, including by Tesco, Lidl, Aldi, Iceland and others such as Sainsbury's, Asda and the Co-op withdraw some frozen products as a precaution. Burger King reveals its burgers were contaminated by horse meat. This is a big hurdle for businesses in the UK to get over.

By the end of the first week in February the percentage table was created as cowboy outfits vied to be first past the post in the horse meat steaks. Production at a second meat supplier (At home on the) Rangeland Foods in Co Monaghan, is suspended after 75% equine DNA is found in raw ingredients. Then frozen meat at the Freeza Meats company in Newry, Northern Ireland, is found to contain 80% horse meat. Not to be out done, the Food Standards Agency reveals a second case of "gross contamination" after some Findus UK beef lasagne's are found to contain up to 100% horse meat. The products were made by Comigel. Tesco and Aldi withdraw frozen spaghetti and lasagne meals produced by the French food supplier Comigel following concerns about its Findus beef lasagne. The race is on in Ireland for the first to reach 110% contamination. The French horse meat has DNA tested positive for frog!

Getting the bit between my teeth, I must get a copy of "Horse and Hound" for all the latest revelations. I'm sorry to say that I have neigh idea of where it will all end. After all the warnings about too much salt in our foods. It seems it's the same with sugar Shergar as well. I have a nagging feeling we have not herd the last of this. It adds a whole new meaning to saddle of lamb. 


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