Wednesday, January 16, 2013

May Contain Traces Of Horse (And Pig)

Fair play to the Irish. The UK state supports a vast array of bodies and busybodies designed to monitor and nag about food standards, inspectors for this and that. Someone doing farmhouse teas on weekends will have the kitchens checked ("a dog ? In a kitchen ? Quite impossible.") - yet when it comes to the mass sale of food, only the Irish apparently run a few checks to see if the label accurately describes the contents.

And if I read the story aright, only ONE out of 27 burgers tested contained neither horse nor pig, but beef only. Step forward good old M&S.


Marks & Spencer 'Simply M&S beefburgers' were the only brand found by the FSAI to contain neither pork nor horse and were 100 per cent beef.


Now it's pretty obvious that the supermarkets selling these products should be prosecuted under the Trades Descriptions Act, if nothing else. I can't really think that a small corner shop has much option but to believe the supplier. Not so for the big beasts. They spend enough time beating people down on price, but don't seem to worry about quality.

And prosecutions should then move up the chain.


An investigation into the production of beef burgers containing horse meat is focusing on imported ingredients, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said last night.

Those naughty foreigners, eh ?


Hang on ... what's this at Lingfield this afternoon ?

14:05
7 Run
Blue Square Bet Maiden Fillies' Stakes
Class 5, £4000.00 added, 3yo plus, £2727.00 penalty
1m

Form Horse Trainer Age Wgt Jockey
1(4) 90 Elusive Miss A Stokell 7 9 13 Ann Stokell (5)
2(1)
Lily Edge J J Bridger 4 9 13 K T O'Neill
3(5) 33-2 Lady Lunchalot (USA) J S Moore 3 8 7 L Morris
4(3) 8- Maxi Dress (IRE) J H M Gosden 3 8 7 R Havlin
5(7) 4- Mistral Wind (IRE) E A L Dunlop 3 8 7 C Catlin
6(2) 03-Star Sequence H Palmer38 7Martin Dwyer
7(6) 5- Tesco Value Burger (IRE) R Broadbent 3 8 7 Philip Clarke


7 comments:

Mr Grumpy said...

Teehee. Lady Lunchalot will end up in Waitrose, presumably.

Martin said...

Laban,

Heard at work today -

"I found a Tesco burger in my fride today - and it's off!"

JuliaM said...

I'm partial to My Lidl Pony myself...

Anonymous said...

Now it's getting really serious!

The broadcasting arm of the Guardian is reporting that there may be traces of pork in the halal food served to prisoners.

No, I couldn't give a monkey's either.

Anonymous said...

reporting that there may be traces of pork in the halal food served to prisoners.

I rather hope they have nothing but. And bacon for breakfast etc

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