posted on Sep, 18 2012 @ 11:35 AM
This is potentially hazardous, but not at all suprising. For a start, in feudal Britain, and later on, such as during the second World War, and
continuing into the rationing period, there have been people trading in meat that either was not technically thiers to sell, or indeed, fit for human
consumption. As trades go, it is probably one of the older illicit trades in our nation today, along side whoring, and outright theft. Despite our
modern ways, the people whose job it is to ensure the quality of all food stuffs sold in our nation, are neither worldly, intelligent, or possessed of
any particular imagination, which is why the system requires complaints to be made, in order for investigations and visits to be made to a premises.
If this sort of trade in illegally produced/sourced meat is to be stopped, then the system by which purveyors of meats and fish are regulated and
kept clean, will have to be altered to remove the requirement for complaint, and be replaced with monthly, unannounced visits from the health
inspectors to ensure that the people selling these illegal and potentially dangerous products, are always under threat of a visit.
The reason we cannot rely on complaints based systems to prompt a visit from the inspectors, is actually a very simple matter, comprised of a few key
1) Sometimes a supplier of meat will serve a particular section of a community, a particular demographic if you will, more than it does others. In the
event that the supplier is providing a delicacy from outside the UK, which appeals to this demographic, they are hardly likely to complain about it,
especially if it is the only place they know of where they can aquire said nosh.
2) The reality of the situation is that we are in the midst of some pretty dire economic circumstances here in Britain just now. If these potentially
dangerous meats are being provided at decent rates per kilo, then I can well understand another element of the problem being that no one wants to cut
off a source of cheap meat, and pay the ridiculous prices that some places will charge for a joint of lamb, or a good cut of beef.
3) Though the practice of selling unusual, and potentially hazardous meats to people for thier consumption may be something very much worthy of
investigation, most people will not complain about something that they are not being effected by, certainly when it comes to food. For a start, it is
not every person in the general public, who could tell a cut of meat from a cow, from one from another similarly sized animal, like a large deer for
instance. One must therefore assume that with the case of the rat meat, that it must be quite difficult for a layperson to see it as being all that
different to rabbit meat, or anything else, depending on the way it has been cut and presented. And, unless a family member, friend, or the
complainant themselves has had a bad time with such meats, then it is highly unlikely they will speak a word of thier concerns, not wanting to get
possibly innocent people into bother with an uncaring and hateful government, which destroys lives just as much as it protects them, while offering no
4) On the subject of "smokies" as they are called, there is another point to be made. Now, I have never had any meat that was cooked with a blow
lamp. But I have heard all sorts of things about the practice. Two in particular stand out in my mind. First of all, it sounds a bloody horrible way
to cook something, and the slaughtering process which is often used on animals headed for that fate, is nothing short of pure barbarism, not carried
out in a way which is conducive to the well being of the animal until its death at all. The other thing I have heard is that meat cooked in this way
is quite tasty. There are gluttons out there who wouldnt give a god damn how the animal dies, as long as the meat is delicious.
All of these things together, mean that spot checks on a regular but random basis is really the only way any progress will ever be made on matters
such as these.