On the face of it, local butchers and vegetarianism have little in common. But—upholding the principle that every crisis helps someone—both have been buoyed by the recent discovery, in Britain and elsewhere, of horse meat in dishes supposedly made of beef. A poll by a market-research agency, showed that 7% of respondents had stopped eating meat as a result of the equine scandal http://econ.st/15BsDGy
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- I agree that there's nothing essentially wrong with horsemeat: it's a delicacy in other parts of Europe. However, there are two issues i do care about:
- fraud: the cost of horsemeat is 1/5 that of beef (I've read) so there's a dishonesty factor here
- health: more importantly, the horsemeat entering our food chain has been raised outside the regulations that govern what you can do to an animal for it to be 'fit for human consumption'. So there is some (unquantified) risk that damaging drugs etc. could have been used on the animal in question, causing risk of health issues for lasagna fans.
It's a lot like the question of cheap t-shirts manufactured b child labourers in one sense: if the meat is that cheap, did we really expect it to be best quality?
Personally I'm against any mechanically recovered meat already on the basis that you've no idea what you're really getting, this just ups the ante.Feb 25, 2013
- greatFeb 25, 2013
- Nothing you said contradicts what I've said in any way, only elaborates on why we should have the right to know where our food is sourced.Feb 25, 2013
- Nice find it informativeFeb 25, 2013
- I agree with you, Michael.Feb 25, 2013
- I find it strange how some people might stop eating meat as a result of the horse meat scandal. Solution? Just stop buying ready made meals and buy proper whole cuts of meat instead.Feb 25, 2013