Basically in the UK and parts of Europe products that were being sold as beef have been found to contain horse meat. Products have been pulled off shelves and some such as Findus's Shepherd's Pie have been found to have 100% horse meat.
Heads will roll but whilst it normally wouldn't be that big a deal, I mean, it's all meat, it's the fact that things that were labelled beef aren't and people aren't eating what they're thinking.
I kept reading stats that it's five times cheaper to produce horse meat...
I was wondering the same thing, seems like most objections to horse meat is the "pet perspective".
Lots of people eat horse meat. It's very lean. Then again, maybe a lot of the people eating the horse meat unknowingly have that pet perspective mentality. Either way, the crime being comitted here is the false advertisement of the product being sold.
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I discussed this in the UT. It's not the fact that it's horse meat, a lawsuit for misleading advertising would seem to be the only thing there; the problem is that horses are sometimes given chemicals which aren't so good for humans.
Imagine if someone spread a virus through this method? You could easily kill millions I mean, if it took this long to just discover that it was not even correct meat in the food, is it really that hard to hide a virus or something?
It's just that I know there is extensive cow breeding for butchering purposes. I saw barns with literally a few hundred cows in them. I never even heard of something like that for horses. I would assume that this mass breeding makes cows cheap. I'm surprised that horses are cheaper.
Oh, and of course the outrage is over being lied about. If horse unwittingly finds the way to lasagne what else could be hidden in there?