posted on Jan, 17 2013 @ 10:45 AM
Yeah, quite an interesting story. It certainly sheds some light on the corners that mass producers cut when preparing processed food. From what I can
gather, it's likely that horse DNA came from stuff like the binding ingredients. I'm sure the Tesco burgers containing 29% (or whatever) equine DNA
in the meat content has actual flesh in them though.
Anyhow, it's not the end of the world. Horse meat is 100% safe to eat (and actually delicious, as I discovered in France!), but it's important
producers are honest about their ingredients because of religious/culutural/allergy reasons. The investigation also concluded that pork was present in
some of the products tested. Whilst I'm not of the belief that the UK should bend over backwards to accomodate people's faith requirements, I
certainly don't think it's unreasonable for British Muslims and Jews to expect a 'beef' product to contain just that. All consumers deserve to
know what their money buys, at the end of the day.
So, what do we learn from this? Whilst supermarkets are very convenient and inexpensive, you're better off supporting your local butcher where you
can be sure of what you're buying, and leaving the supermarkets for essentials and other day to day odds and ends. It protects jobs too.