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Mystery Meat on Menu: Could it be Cat or Dog?

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Mystery Meat on Menu: Could it be Cat or Dog?

In the aftermath of the European horsemeat scandal, a private investigation was launched in London that randomly tested the DNA of menu items being served as take-out across the city. But instead of finding just more horsemeat (which they did), the investigators stumbled upon a variety of dubiously mixed meat dishes, as well as a mystery meat.

The mystery meat dish in question, listed as a spicy lamb curry, turned out NOT to be lamb, but instead some unidentified substitute. It is definitely meat, but no one knows what type of meat — and the restaurant is not shedding any light on the matter. DNA analysis has now ruled out beef, chicken, pork, goat, horse and even human flesh. So what is left? Cat? Dog? Rat? Guinea Pig? Pigeon?

This unsavory story (that is likely to create a new wave of vegetarians!) was recently unveiled in a BBC3 documentary, The Horsemeat Banquet. The show’s spokesperson said, “just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse, the results came in for an Indian lamb curry. At this moment, the lab has not been able to identify which animal this meat came from.”

The documentary filmmakers made other grim discoveries such as:

A “beef burger” that contained no beef apart from blood and heart.

A black bean sauce “beef dish” that contained mainly chicken blood and scraps and very little detectable beef.

The only fast food that lived up to its name entirely was ironically the lamb doner kabab. In all tests this menu item was pure lamb.

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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11:34PM PDT on Aug 10, 2013

Signed petition. Talk about eating being an adventure...or should I say a nightmare?

2:52PM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

Sickening. The public deserves better than being cheated knowingly.

7:36PM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

So glad I don't eat any fast food. No take out. Only in a very few restaurants maybe twice a year - may rethink that now.

7:12PM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

This is very scary, really makes me glad I rarely eat fast food or eat out at all, thanks for sharing this.

5:08AM PDT on Jun 8, 2013


8:43PM PDT on May 30, 2013

I want to cook my own! Don't want anything to do with this Mystery meat!
This makes me want to be sick!! YUCK!
Thank You

11:43PM PDT on May 29, 2013

Humanity is a devouring demon!

12:45PM PDT on May 28, 2013

Good this horse meat scandal was revealed ... now there is a focus on the meat producers...AND their suppliers!!!...

7:30AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Ewww, I want to throw up my breakfast now.

11:17PM PDT on May 17, 2013

Basically meat is safe if bought from a good butcher

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