Friday, 15 March 2013
Fake Curry Coverup
I like curries but I prefer to make my own because most curry houses use turmeric and it doesn't like me. Also I've always been just that wee bit suspicious of the contents of a restaurant or takeaway curry meal.
Perhaps the old jokes about curries containing meat of dubious origin did have some substance after all. According to the Daily Record 1 in 3 curries are fake as Scottish restaurants use cheap beef instead of lamb in their popular dishes. A secret report by food watchdogs said cheap beef was passed off as lamb in the popular bhoona and korma dishes served at 46 of the 129 restaurants tested.
Of the 46 selling curries which were advertised as lamb dishes 33 of them contained no lamb whatsoever.
The report said:
But here's the unsavoury part - the Scottish Food Enforcement Liaison Committee refuse to name the guilty restaurants. The report covers 18 months of testing when inspectors posed as customers.
It seems all of those businesses were warned that further random sampling would take place and that any future offences would be reported to the procurator fiscal.
What I have never understood is why these businesses aren't closed down immediately when such gross violations are discovered.
Professor Pennington says this is food fraud and who could disagree with him? He also says "the public have a right to know the names of premises. After all they are acting illegally."
Why are we, the taxpayers, paying for food inspectors when the results of their work is not published? The only way this type of fraud can be curtailed is by publicising the offenders.