Friday, 18 January 2013
What a stooshie about the Irish food agency's findings of horse meat in hamburgers. Tesco, in particular, appears to have had the highest percentage of the meat in its burgers.
The food agency found that 10 out of 27 hamburger products analysed contained horse DNA and 23 of them tested positive for pig DNA.
In this country it's not tradition these days to eat horse meat but it's still eaten in France where I've consumed the meat more often than I can remember. It's rather tasty - slightly sweeter than beef and was always very tender, although that could have been down to the cooking process. I never bought horse meat and cooked it myself, but I would think it's treated in a similar manner to steak.
It's understandable for people to be angry with supermarkets for misleading them by displaying incorrect descriptions of their hamburgers, but I have no understanding of those presenting their faux outrage at the fact horse meat is involved.
I've never had any desire to eat horse meat these days because it is not available here but if my butcher did offer it then I may be tempted to buy the odd steak now and again. After all, what's the difference between the meat of a cow, calf, sheep pig or horse?
For years I've refrained from buying supermarket-own meat if at all possible. Some years ago now a TV channel produced a damning documentary on the packaging system within the Tesco system and even today, when I look at Tesco's own branded meat, I'm vividly reminded of the horrors of that programme. My meat is bought from a local butcher and yes, it is more expensive, but I just buy less. If I need to buy meat products from a supermarket I ensure it's produced and packaged by a reputable company. Highland Game's venison burgers are a favourite here.