Horsing around

That the horse meat story is still going, long after the jokes got tired, is a source of bemusement. And whilst it may not be something that we Brits are used to eating, the French (and no doubt other nationalities) certainly are.

The problem as I see it is not so much that the meat is in the certain parts of our UK’s food supply but that someone has been lying about the provenance of it.

Wasn’t all of the legislation (both domestic and EU) which followed the BSE scare* designed specifically to prevent people not knowing where their meat was and where it came from?

Clearly another stunning success from big government…

* Remind me, how many people upped and died of vCJD?


  1. lfb_uk says:

    There is talk of the meat being donkey meat now lol

  2. The Jannie says:

    We’ve neigh idea what’ll happen next.

  3. JuliaM says:

    Yes, just like the ‘Horse Passport Scheme’ was meant to prevent pet horses treated by vets from going into the food chain. Rather pointless when that food chain is now out of country and thus, out of sight…

  4. SadButMadLad says:

    I blame it on the EU. Well it’s a natural reaction isn’t it when something goes wrong. 9 times out of ten, you’ll be right.

    This time it’s the EU’s fault for letting Romania join the EU. It’s the EU’s fault for setting regulations which Romania interpreted and gold plated to mean that horses and pony traps should be banned from the roads. H&S innit. When all those now useless horses are destroyed, they have to be put somewhere. It’ll cost to bury them, but if you sold the meat on, then you’re not too out of pocket because of the EU rules. So you sell them meat on for a £100 and you don’t care where it goes because Romanians don’t eat horse. But with all this horse meat now in the food chain, prices will naturally drop. So now, rather than horse being more expensive than cow, its cheaper. And someone will think about making a quick buck by slipping it in as beef and taking the extra profit. They won’t care because it was going into the food chain anyway, all they did is mislabel it.

    And there is no health scare because “bute” was a drug used on humans in the 40s and 50s for pain relief. Only after some studies noticed that it could cause cancer in some animals was its license as a medicine removed. Anyway, you’d have to eat lots of “contaminated” horse meat to have any problem from bute.

  5. Rahul says:

    Sure not a success but what alternative would you propose to achieve the correct goal of disclosure of the source of meat?

    • Incunabulum says:

      How about voluntary certification organizations modelled on Underwriters Laboratory, or the kosher certification organizations?

  6. Martin says:

    What’s the beef!

  7. Demelza says:

    As a commentator on the radio said this morning (something like) “Makers of processed food don’t visit their supppliers, it’s all just form filling”. If you surrender judgement about your suppliers to a paper trail, then you’re only as good as that paper trail.

  8. “* Remind me, how many people upped and died of vCJD?”

    Just over 220 people worldwide—rather less than the tens of thousands that epidemiologists were predicting in the UK alone.