Horsing around

AP Photo/Scott Heppell

Findus Beef Lasagne now with 100 percent more horse. AP Photo/Scott Heppell

Imagine tucking into a frozen lasagne, only to discover later that the 100 percent beef you were eating had trace amounts of horse meat.

And then imagine finding out even later that the so-called trace amount was actually more like 100 percent horse meat.

Such is the scandal that is rocking the U.K. in a country of horse lovers, and it doesn’t stop there. The horse meat that was labelled as beef has also appeared on other products made by Findus and Comigel, which have also been pulled from shelves across France. Investigations into the supply chain have found that the horse meat originated in Romania.

Here’s what I’ve learned since this story broke:

1. This is what horse meat looks like.
2. This is what horse meat tastes like.
3. These are the countries who like horse meat.
4. These are the health risks of eating horse meat.

I don’t know about you, but this story has really put me off lasagne. 🙂


Posted on 11, February 2013, in Food and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. You make a great point about being put off the food you’ve been sold with false labelling, maybe supermarkets need to keep their produce British based, maybe this would not have happened if they supplied british food!

  2. I would certainly prefer not to eat horse meat, but for me, the bigger issue is that we (Brits, but likely other countries too) have no real clue what we’re putting in our mouths. And when you see the price that some of these products retail for, I can’t help think the relentless drive to lower costs ~ and consumer appetite for lower prices ~ is a big problem.

    • Indeed, it’s definitely a problem in the U.S. I’m still reeling after finding out about pink slime in our ground beef (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg).

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