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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:55 PM

Let Them Eat Horse

Here's a solution to the horse-meat crisis that's sweeping Europe: Eat more horse.

In case you missed it, Europe is in one of its periodic food frenzies. This time it concerns horse that was found posing as beef in cheap hamburgers, kebabs, frozen lasagna and spaghetti bolognese TV dinners.


So what about that horse-meat bolognese? Brits and Americans generally won't eat horse, presumably because they think of horses as pets. (The U.S. mainly exports its unwanted horses for slaughter.) It can't be the taste, because Belgians, French, Italians, Chinese, Kazakhs, Mexicans, Japanese and many others love horse meat. It certainly isn't a health issue: Horse has lower cholesterol, 25 percent less fat and twice as much iron as beef.

And the beef that it substituted? The horse-meat scandal may have been triggered by a switch from U.K. suppliers last year, which in turn was caused by a change in EU regulations that made it illegal to describe ``desinewed meat'' -- a fine mince, sometimes called pink slime, that's mechanically rubbed from beef carcasses -- as meat. This U.K. product was a major ingredient in cheap hamburgers, pies and kebabs.


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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 05:23 PM

1. It is actually a labelling thing

plus disguising the animal of origin opens up wider markets.

Any bets none of this made it across the Atlantic?

Anyway, I'll just trot down to the supermarket for a lasagna for my supper before my Sigoth says "neigh"

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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 05:46 PM

3. I'm not fond of the idea


of food being mislabeled. First it's horse, then it is heaven only knows what in there. I'm sure it has already happened before and nobody knew it, but still, I like the fact that there is a backlash when that happens so that food companies at least make an effort to put what they say is in there actually in there.

If there wasn't, the next thing you know it could be dog burgers or mouse burgers. I hate to wake up to the morning news reporting that the lasagna I ate contained mouse meat.

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