Two Dutch wholesalers have been found to have been supplying up to 500 companies across Europe, wrongly labelled horse meat. How much further will the food-fraud scandal go?
Horse meat, schmorse meat, we’ve been eating it for years.
Wait, what? Is that what M&S meant by not just any old bit of meat?
Yes, probably. The reality is though horse used to make up part of our average daily diet back in the cavemen days and in some countries it still does. It was only in the 1930s that eating horse in the UK went out of fashion.
But it’s Black Beauty fried and served with chips!
And delicious it is too. As you well know, remember that late night Findus lasagne no-one was meant to know about?
I was drunk.
Thinking of horses just as pets or friendly farm animals is speciesism, actually eating them has shown to be good for our health and could provide an alternative sustainable food source.
I don’t want anyone to think I’m a speciesist, I’ll end up in the Daily Mail!
Hold your horses. 50,000 tonnes has been recalled but it’s highly likely – unless you don’t eat meat – that somewhere down the line you’ve already tucked into Shergar.
Oh. nice pun by the way. Could it kill us though? Can I have it on the Atkins?
Don’t be stupid. Apart from making us all feel a bit funny about eating it the whole horse meat thing is a relatively small deal. What is more important is the correct labelling of our food and the necessity to be able to trace all its ingredients.
You mean the discovery of this dodgy beef could lead to something more sinister?
Exactly, it could be a terrorist ploy to take over the Western world with doctored dinners.
No. But if they’re not getting the basics right, the biggest ingredient in our Findus lasagne for example, how hard are they finding it to make the bechamel sauce? And what might they be using instead?
And if we’ve all been eating horses all this time, where have all the surplus saved cows been hiding?