Horse, The Other Red Meat?

By on January 16, 2013

Horsemeat DNA has been found in what are supposed to be beef burgers sold in Tesco supermarkets in the UK and Ireland.  The presence of the horsemeat is somewhat of a mystery because, according to the chief of Ireland’s food safety authority “there is no clear explanation at this time for the presence of horse DNA in products emanating from meat plants that do not use horsemeat in their production process.”  Perhaps “do not use horsemeat” should be changed to “should not use horsemeat.”

While supposedly not dangerous, consumers buying and paying for what they think is beef probably don’t want to find themselves eating horsemeat.

In addition to horsemeat, other products supposed to contain beef, like cottage pie, beef curry pie and lasagne, were found to contain pig DNA.

In the U.S., the commercial sale of horsemeat was illegal until November 2011, when, as part of a bipartisan effort, the U.S. Congress voted to change that. Since then, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Georgia and Missouri, are considering opening horse slaughter plants.

Can mix-ups such as the one that occurred in the UK (if mix-up is what it was) be far behind?

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