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The movie highlighted that horsemeat is more prevalent across Europe than previous thought. Out of 5,000 samples taken from English public school lunches, senior centers and restaurants, 44 came back positive for horsemeat.

Earlier this year, in Ireland, a surprise DNA study showed that about one-third of “beef” burgers in the shamrock country contained at least trace amounts of horsemeat. Another product, France’s Comigel beef lasagna, had zero beef and 100% horsemeat. The French company quickly blamed the “complex supply chain stretching from its Luxembourg factory to Dutch and Cypriot middlemen to Romanian horse butchers.”

Hmmmm, maybe depending on “complex” supply chains is not a good idea in the first place.  Your local farmers are starting to look a lot more appealing, aren’t they?

The so-called rogue meat scandal has resulted in European supermarkets scrambling to take popular brands — such as Nestle of Switzerland, and Bird’s Eye of Britain– off the shelves, and restaurants, no doubt, are cleaning-up their act, at least temporarily.

As I write this article, I recall being in London last year and eating an Indian chicken dish that decidedly didn’t taste like chicken. I wrote it off as being an “odd” chicken, but now looking back, it makes my stomach lurch to think about what I was eating. Combine mystery meat scandals with the scandalous way many cows, pigs, chickens and sheep are brutally commodified in the industrial food chain and it is truly a wonder that any of us comfortably consume meat at all.  Personally, I still eat meat, but only a few times a week, and I try to stick with organic/free range and locally raised animals. Most days, my family is meat-free, but really, with the stomach lurching I am feeling now, I think it will be a while before we order a meat dish again.

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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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