If there is unexpected horse in our food why don't we test for other DNA
I think most of us have suspected that you would never know everything added to a ready meal but I guess we all thought the basic ingredient might be as advertised, Beef in the case of Findus. The million and one additives and preservatives might alos not be what the supermarkets think they are!
the food chain is no way out of control - it's one of the most tightly regulated of our industries - but like all regulated industries, sometimes there is the odd slip up. nobody's lives have been put at risk with the recent use of horse meat - there have been more dangerous issues with things like E.coli O154 getting into the food chain which can kill - and some of that has come from independant butchers...
and it doesn't matter how much regulation you try to put into place - sometimes things go wrong
and because traceability is one of the key cornerstones of food regulations, then the source is usually easily identified so can be rectified quickly
I'd be more concerned about going into hospital and coming out with a HAI, or being neglected for days on a ward whilst the chief nursing officer is filling in paperwork and attending meetings, than I woud be about food making me ill
I think you pretty much get what you pay for in terms of quality. Reputable butchers and supermarkets work directly with farmers and not dodgy third party French suppliers.
But I agree that this is more a fraud issue than a food safety issue.
I would guess, from recent revelations, that there is a LOT more horse meat in our supermarkets, and has been for a long time.
I'm not losing any sleep over it because I don't eat ready meals and horse is a perfectly acceptable meat anyway.
+ 1 for butchers
you would be sickened to see what really goes into most stuff. the additives/preservatives are awful plus colourings and the like.
atleast SOME beef would of been nice in them .
I very much doubt all of our food chain is in a mess. The OP should stop reading the Daily Mail and start reading a newspaper instead.
Horse - noms.
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