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By David Vance On February 9th, 2013

It appears that whilst Britons may have THOUGHT they were eating beefburger and beef lasagne, it has all been horse meat. 


The Environment secretary is due to meet the Food Standards Agency, food suppliers and retailers on Saturday to discuss the horsemeat scandal after Aldi became the latest supermarket to confirm its withdrawn beef products contained up to 100% horsemeat. GET THAT ..100% HORSEMEAT!!!

Owen Paterson said it was unacceptable that consumers were mis-sold products, but that the problems originated overseas. “We believe that the two particular cases of the frozen burgers from Tesco and the lasagne from Findus are linked to suppliers in Ireland and France respectively. We and the Food Standards Agency are working closely with the authorities in these countries, as well as with Europol, to get to the root of the problem,” he said.

Well, I actually like Owen Paterson and think him one of the very few Conservatives worth listening to.  The retailers carry FULL culpability for what THEY sell. If there was criminality in the supply chain —  which does seem to the case — then the retailer carry the can. As a Vegan,  I thank god I do not eat any meat when I read of these abuses.  Of course in some countries, horse meat is considered an acceptable part of the diet but that’s not the case in the UK.

8 Responses to “THEY EAT HORSES, DON’T THEY?”

  1. Nice title.

  2. As a non meat eater for 25 years I’d have to have a heart of stone not to laugh. There’s only one thing worse than meat and that’s processed meat. It’s garbage anyway, even when the label tells the truth.

  3. Me too…glad I don’t eat meat and haven’t since I was child. I was going to ask about the labeling laws. But also, where is the horsemeat coming from? Are they raising horses for their meat? I used to teach in a very rural area. I was invited to dinner at a student’s family home (poverty–tenant dairy farmers in upstate NY). To be polite, I tasted the meat, only to be told that the meat came from “a cow that keeled over.” I don’t take any chances any more!

  4. I don’t get this sentimental horse meat horror. Either you eat meat or you don’t, why the high melodrama over one particular source of tasty protein. Apparently none of you could tell the ground round difference between moo and neigh until the media told you so.

    Meat is meat.

  5. There are more vegetarians here than in any group I’ve ever encountered.

    All in Europe, or from it too.

  6. Dapne the difference is the difference between what you thought you were eating and what you were eating.

    If meat is meat then there should be no objection to eating humans.

    Personnally, don’t have much if an issue eating horse as long as I know that that is what it is. I wouldn’t want to be eating dog as I would be thinking of past beloved pets.

  7. Daphne –

    There’s nothing wrong with eating a bit of horse. We eat plenty of other animals and they’re no different. However the talking heads seem to have missed the one genuine area of concern in these cases, which is that horses meat might contain traces of powerful drugs which really aren;t good for people.

    People demanded cheap, processed rubbish. Who’d have thought something could go wring there? If you want meat then buy meat that you recognise and cook propery instead of some packaged stuff that you pop into a microwave.

    Packaged food is extremely bad for us anyway. Getting back to eating food our grandparents would have recognised would solve many health problems.

  8. Peter,

    Quite apart from the general British tendency to always go for the ‘cheapest’, we no longer have the farming capacity to feed our growing nation, so we are obliged to rely on imports from places where hygienic and trading standard morality is somewhat lower than ours.

    In hindsight our imports of beef from Argentina, all those many years ago, were of a generally high standard, and we have the EU to thank for restricting imports from there, and likewise for so many of our of our suppliers of that era.

    A touch of irony re the current flap, – our ‘oh! so smart government’, have ordered numerous tests on meat supplies, – so many and wanted immediately, – that we cannot possibly meet the required deadline for the results. So what do we do – why we export the testing to those same countries where the horsemeat originated from in the first place, namesly France and Romania.

    What brilliant ‘leaders’ we do have, don’t we? Their indolence is only surpassed by the level of their stupidity, when said indolence is eventually, and inevitably revealed.