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.