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.
Sign the petition below if you want to tell the EU to stand against horsemeat.