The Horsemeat Scandal

Richard Morris

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The horsemeat scandal in Europe continues to grow since the story first broke several weeks ago, with accelerated testing uncovering more instances of contaminated fast food and store-bought prepared meals.

Although the USDA has stated it is highly unlikely to find a similar situation here in the US, the on-going story makes a lot of us (very rightly) question the reliability of mass-produced meat products, even prompting some of us to take the processing into our own hands.

Richard Morris recently reflected on the whole story and shared his thoughts on the chances of a stateside horsemeat scandal.

They say, “Never look a gift horse in the mouth,” but what if the horse is actually in your mouth?

People in the UK must be feeling like they were run over by a team of horses. According to the FSA (Food Standards Agency), the UK’s equivalent of the FDA, frozen foods producer, Findus, has been selling lasagna containing up to 100 percent horse meat. Flicka, Trigger, and Shadowfax jokes aside, that’s a lotta horse meat. You can read about it here.

The Chicago Tribune: broke away from the pack with this bit of reporting:

Investigations into suppliers have been launched in recent weeks after the discovery that beef products sold to companies including Britain’s biggest supermarket firm Tesco and fast-food chain Burger King contained horsemeat.

Coming up out of the backstretch, supermarket chain, Aldi, is moving up on the outside with its own horse meat embarrasment/scandal. And there’s speculation that the race to find Mr. Ed isn’t over… not by a furlong. It’s been a veritable trifecta across the pond, as retailer after retailer stumbles across yet another frozen chunk of lean, equine cuisine.

This evolving story adds a whole new meaning to that iconic phrase, “Guess who’s coming to dinner,” but if you think stealth horse meat is just a problem for the Brits, chew on this bit from CNN:

The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2012, better known as the spending bill or H.R. 2112, allocated funding for several federal departments and agencies – including the U.S. Department of Agriculture – until September 2012. And part of that bill lifted a 5-year-old ban on the slaughter of horses for meat.

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This article originally appeared on It is partially posted here with permission from the author.

Is horsemeat just another animal protein to you, or is the thought of eating horse just too much to swallow?

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