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So Hungry You Could Eat a Horse?

By DeusExMacintosh

Horse meat found in Tesco burgers

Criminal prosecutions may take place after horse and pig meat were found in beefburgers, a minister has said. Food minister David Heath told MPs that the contamination was “almost certainly a matter of criminality”.

Horse and pig DNA has been found in some burgers sold by Tesco, Iceland, Lidl and Aldi and Dunnes.

On Thursday, Tesco took out adverts in British newspapers apologising for the matter and promising to investigate. In its advertisement, which has the headline “We Apologise”, Tesco says: “We and our supplier have let you down and we apologise.

“So here’s our promise. We will find out exactly what happened and, when we do, we’ll come back and tell you. And we will work harder than ever with all our suppliers to make sure this never happens again.”

Mr Heath made a statement in response to an emergency question to the Commons by shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh.

He told the house the Food Standards Agency (FSA) had set up a four-point action plan in response to the contamination, which was originally discovered in Ireland earlier this week.

The agency was to carry out an urgent review of the traceability of food products, which was to be completed by Friday he said.

It was also looking into the methodology of detecting contaminants, reviewing whether legal action was appropriate and taking an overview of how it worked alongside other agencies.

Ms Creagh said there was “understandable” consumer anger.

- BBC News

3 Comments

  1. Terry Rodgers
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Now that HMV and Blockbusters have gone bust, the only way to get Spielberg’s “War Horse” is in the food aisles of Tesco…

  2. Posted January 18, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    HAHAHAHAHAHA… umm, yeah. I went to get the Tesco burgers from the fridge, but they’re off.

    [Jokes writing themselves, I'm afraid.]

  3. Posted January 19, 2013 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    I have eaten horse. In Catania, Sicily. It is a local delicacy. Cooked thin in vinegar. It was delicious.

    But I knew what I was eating. Did it deliberately because, well, it was the local delicacy and I hadn’t eaten horse before.

    Not knowingly.

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