A return to horsemeat in the food chain verbiage - I'm afraid - (see BLOG #98) - but the discovery of horsemeat in products described and sold as beef are likely to be the "tip of the iceberg", a parliamentary report into the scandal said earlier this week.
"The scale of contamination emerging in the meat supply chain is breathtaking," said Anne McIntosh, a legislator who chairs the cross-party Food and Rural Affairs Committee (FRAC), which published the report. "More revelations will doubtless come to light in the UK and across the European Union."
Certainly the scale of the problem seems to have put EU food ministers very much on the back hoof, since they cannot comment meaningfully on the extent of the scandal. Growing revelations about the use of horsemeat in products labelled beef have raised questions about the safety of the European food supply chain and prompted governments to send out a European Union (EU)-wide alert. Talk about closing the door after the horse has bolted!
Of particular concern last week was the news that the British operation of frozen foods group Findus began recalling its beef lasagne on advice from its French supplier, Comigel, after tests showed concentrations of horsemeat ranging from 60 to 100%. 100%? - how can that be possibly described as beef?
And if you can find that your beef product has horse meat, then what else are they putting in there that we don’t know about?
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