Food chain do you trust it?

If there is unexpected horse in our food why don't we test for other DNA

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09/02/2013 at 19:52

seren nos made a completely valid point as to why those living alone on a fixed income might opt for ready meals.  Julie also actually made some pertinent comments, albeit in a slightly intemperate way, for which she has had the grace to apologise (sorry to hear of your loss btw).  I am afraid that a lot of comments on this thread did come across as rather self congratulatory as in the tone of 'bus crash on M4- thank God I have a private helicopter' sort of thing.   Not everyone has complete autonomy over their food intake e.g as those having school meals or in hospital for example.  Even though you take care as to what you eat at home,unless you take your own food everywhere with you can never be sure as to what you are eating

Having said that I would happily eat horse or any other suitable herbivore as long as I knew that the meat was safe to eat - actually to be honest at my age I'd eat anything as long as it's tasty!.

09/02/2013 at 20:34

My mother is 89 years old and on a fixed income, and losing her sight.  She cooks all her own food, never buys ready meals.

With on-line shopping, schlepping  round the shops is no longer necessary.  You can buy what you want and have it delivered for a modest cost.

Yes, older people are less likely to have internet access, but many older people will have someone who could place the order for them.

Simply being elderly doesn't mean you're not capable of cooking for yourself.

My Mum would be most offended at the idea!

09/02/2013 at 20:46

Hear hear

09/02/2013 at 20:50

Of course being elderly does not  mean that you are not capable of looking after yourself -  I was not suggesting that.  On-line shopping fine - if you are at home and can hear the bell and not every elderly person has a network savvy friend.

However,  my main problem is you are arguing from the specific to the general which rather reinforces the kind of smuggery I was complaining about in my previous post. Good luck to your Mother and so glad she is in such good health and independent.


09/02/2013 at 21:21

But let's face it - most people who eat ready meals do so because they can't be bothered to cook, don't like cooking, or don't know how to cook.

Given the number of tv cookery programmes, on-line recipes, supermarket recipe leaflets, recipes in magazines and newpapers, it's not that hard to learn how to cook if you want to.



09/02/2013 at 21:58

Not quite the point seren nos or myself was making, but never mind...


10/02/2013 at 07:30

In light of recent events, maybe we should stop protecting certain species that no longer need it and open up the food scene, what about Urban Fox or Magpie for starters, both nuisances that need culling, would be free, unfortunately not supermarket ready yet! but readily available

10/02/2013 at 09:33

Plenty of seagulls round here as well!

That's great Wilkie that your mum is still so capable.  However a lot of older folk rely on meals on wheels and aren't they ready type meals?

10/02/2013 at 12:51
Grey squirrel quiche anyone ?
10/02/2013 at 12:55
EKGO wrote (see)

...what about Urban Fox or Magpie for starters, both nuisances that need culling, would be free, unfortunately not supermarket ready yet! but readily available

Why only for starters?  I'd have thought fox would be a good main course

10/02/2013 at 13:11
Beaver ?
10/02/2013 at 13:48

Pigeons as well, some really big plump ones outside every morning, surely to God Magpie would taste as good as Pigeon, and a bit of Beaver always goes down well Dave

10/02/2013 at 13:51

I'm forgetting Rats, the rate they breed it could keep half the world going in Protein if we got over the stigma, the amount we kill each year just to prevent them over-running us must be an incredible amount, and if people will eat a Findus Unidentified Frying Object, why not put Rat protein in?

10/02/2013 at 13:55

Pigeon is good - maybe not the ones dining on refuse in towns, though.


10/02/2013 at 13:59

I guess it doesn't matter much when you think of what Prawns and Mussels eat, as long as it's dead and cooked I can live with it.


10/02/2013 at 14:00
Crabs ?
10/02/2013 at 14:03

Hmm, but town pigeons eat McDonald's....

10/02/2013 at 14:05
I only buy meat that comes from animals which I have personally reared, and which died of old age in an apple orchard on a summer's evening surrounded by several generations of children and grandchildren.

Meat acquired any other way is automatically suspect.
10/02/2013 at 14:09

Yes Wilkie but they also eat Kentucky Fried Chicken and Kebabs (sometimes second time around admittedly) so their diet is not all bad

10/02/2013 at 14:12

I'd forgotten that EKGO - in the first weeks of a new year at University, you do see pigeons pecking at the pools of vomit in the street outside the SU bar


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